Originally posted on Razzball Basketball  |  Last updated 12/3/12
Orlando may contain the happiest place on earth (a meth den a mile from Interstate 4), but for the Magic, the season has been a little less than magical. Nevertheless, fans took some joy last night when the team flew into L.A. and beat the struggling Lakers and their former hero, Dwight Howard. Going toe toe to toe with the big man was none other than Nikola Vucevic, who double doubled with 17/12 plus an assist and 4 blocks. Glad I didn’t drop him the night before! Oh, I did. I guess that’s all it took to see him play more than 30 minutes and dominate on defense (p.s. – it was a shallow league I dropped him in). He has been good for a block and half and a steal and a half per night, but his rebounding really was not up to snuff for a center. A couple of weeks ago, he was gifting fantasy owners double digit rebounds, so hopefully he is back on track. Marcin Gortat – He played 41 1/2 minutes, 7 more than his nearest teammate and about 15-20 more than everyone else. From the hands of this mule came 18 points, 10 rebounds, and an assist. It’s the first time he’s had a double double or even double digit rebounds since November 12. Goran Dragic – Finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. This was his first time finishing with less than double digit points all season. More like Goran Tragic For Fantasy Owners In H2h Leagues Trying To Win On Sunday With Only Two Games, am I right? Shannon Brown – She produced a line of 17/7/3 with a steal, but also missed 5 of 6 from downtown. Downtown girl, she’s been living in her below career average 3p% world… Tyson Chandler – Had his third double double in 4 games with 15 points, 13 rebounds (6 offensive), 1 assist and 2 blocks. The blocks are the first since November 23. Pablo Prigioni – It is impossible for anyone to talk about him without mentioning he is a 35 year old rookie from Argentina, but regardless, he saw 25+ minutes for the first time all season the past 2 games and was beginning to produce some points, but then last night he spent 9 minutes on the court for 0 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal. Steve Novak – He hit 4 of 9 from behind the arc to finish with 12 points 2 rebounds, an assist and 2 steals. His accuracy has been improving of late, but perhaps more interesting is his SPG is (still pretty low but) thrice as high as his career average: 0.6 per game. J.R. Smith – The swagger will never die, but he was ice cold last night: in 37 minutes, 1-11 (0-2 from deep) for 4 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Raymond Felton – After his poor game against the Nets, he has returned to form and last night produced 23 points (including 3 threes), 3 rebounds, and 7 assists. Mo Harkless – Started, played 21 1/2 minutes exactly, hit all of his shots…and finished with 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, and 2 personal fouls. He then spilled chicken’s blood in the form of a pentagram, and his ritual was complete. Glen Davis – He had 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks to go with 2 assists and a steal. Nice to see after 3 games of 15 rebounds combined. Arron Affalo – He hit 4 of 8 three point attempts and concluded the game with a team high 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 turnovers (oof) and a steal. Jameer Nelson – I guess when the Magic beat the Lakers, I get to talk about every starter. Allow me to highlight Nelson’s 13 assists for you, which go with his 19 points for the team’s third double double of the night. Dwight Howard – He scored 21 points and had 15 rebounds (6 offensive), but – no surprise – he shot 9-21 from the free throw line. The Lakers lost by 10. You do the math. Or not. This isn’t school. Antawn Jamison – He saw 28 1/2 minutes of court time for 10 points, 5 rebounds, and a block. Not as good as the 33 point effort on November 30 but much better than the 3 point game on November 27. Metta World Peace – He produced a good line of 15/5/5 with 3 steals and 3 threes. I would like to see a little more in 37 minutes of court time, however. How about 9 rebounds? Give me that, you bastard! Pau Gasol – He finished with 11/7/2 and a block. He has not had double digit rebounds since November 20. We were all a little younger then. We smiled more back then. The future was a little brighter. Car commercials for Christmas had not yet really begun. Those were the days.
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