January 20, 2019, 7:43 pmAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon (lower back soreness) is questionable for Monday's game.
Gordon was unable to play on Saturday because of his back pain, which he equated to a similar issue he dealt with in November that forced him to miss a game. Hopefully he'll be able to return relatively quickly this time as well. Jonathan Isaac moved down to power forward while Jonathon Simmons moved into the starting lineup on Saturday, and if Gordon sits that should be the same configuration we see this time around.
January 19, 2019, 9:53 pmTerrence Ross - G/F - Orlando Magic
Terrence Ross led the Magic bench with 16 points on 7-of-15 shooting, adding one rebound, two assists, two triples and two steals in a 108-118 blowout loss to the Bucks on Saturday.
Ross has been one of the Magic's pillars of consistency in recent games, That said, as a streaky shooter, Ross has fallen off in some spots this season, so it would be best to ride out his run while he's got the hot hand.
January 19, 2019, 9:41 pmJonathon Simmons - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathon Simmons replaced Aaron Gordon (back tightness) in the starting lineup on Saturday and posted a quiet 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with two rebounds, three assists and two triples in 19 minutes.
Simmons may have started but Gordon's minutes were also distributed to Jarrell Martin (12 points on 4-of-5 shooting, four treys) who played 19 minutes and Wesley Iwundu (zero points, four boards), who logged 16 minutes. Out of the lot, Simmons holds the best short-term value but it's for 16-team deep leagues at best.
January 19, 2019, 9:35 pmNikola Vucevic - C - Orlando Magic
Nikola Vucevic did his best to carry the Magic on Saturday with his 27 points (11-of-24 shooting), six rebounds, four assists, two triples and two blocks, but came up short as they ended up getting blown out by the Bucks.
Whether he's bearing the bulk of the scoring load or sharing it with Aaron Gordon (DNP-back tightness) and Evan Fournier (11 points on 5-of-14 shooting and five assists), Vucevic has proven he can deliver top-10 value, making him one of the more bankable big men in fantasy this season.
January 19, 2019, 9:25 pmJonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic
Despite the absence of Aaron Gordon (back tightness), Jonathan Isaac did not make much of a splash on Saturday with just six points (3-of-6) shooting, adding six boards, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes.
Isaac moved up to power forward with Jonathon Simmons sliding into the starting lineup but did not make much of an impact. We've extolled his upside based on per-minute averages but cannot anyone for losing patience with him after his failure to rise to the occasion in this one.
January 19, 2019, 5:25 pmJonathon Simmons - F - Orlando Magic
Jonathon Simmons will start in place of Aaron Gordon (lower back tightness) on Saturday night.
Simmons fell out of the rotation, but the Magic want to keep their rotations similar, so Simmons gets the nod against the Bucks. Jonathan Isaac will slide to power forward while Wesley Iwundu and Terrence Ross will stay in their normal roles off the bench.
Source: Orlando Magic PR on Twitter
January 19, 2019, 5:14 pmAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon (lower back tightness) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Bucks.
Gordon said his back pain is similar to what he had in November, so it's not a surprise to see him take a night off. Jonathan Isaac should shift up to the power forward spot while Jonathon Simmons, Wesley Iwundu and Terrance Ross hold down the small forward minutes.
Source: Orlando Magic PR on Twitter
January 19, 2019, 11:45 amAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon (lower back tightness) is officially listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Bucks.
We should have another update later but if Gordon cannot go, we should expect Jonathan Isaac to be bumped up to the four with Wes Iwundu and Terrance Ross getting most of the small forward minutes.
Source: Roy Parry on Twitter
January 19, 2019, 10:32 amAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon (back) is unsure if he will play on Saturday against the Bucks.
Gordon said the pain is similar to what he experienced in November that caused him to miss a game and a half. There will be another update today regarding Gordon's status and he cannot go, Jonathan Isaac would likely be bumped up to his natural power forward position.
Source: John Denton
January 18, 2019, 10:02 pmEvan Fournier - G/F - Orlando Magic
Evan Fournier scored 16 points on 6-for-16 from the field and added one 3, eight rebounds, three assists, four steals and two turnovers in Friday’s 117-115 meltdown vs. the Nets.
It’s good to see Fournier deliver those auxiliary stats because he needs them to avoid sinking in the rankings. He’s just been a top-145 play on the year as his lack of defensive stats combined with shaky efficiency just doesn’t do him any favors in 9-cat. Terrence Ross chipped in 13 points, a 3 and two blocks in 28 minutes and should be streamed while he’s hot (top-50 over the last two weeks).
January 18, 2019, 9:57 pmD.J. Augustin - G - Orlando Magic
D.J. Augustin kept his shooting touch by hitting 7-of-10 shots to finish Friday’s loss to the visiting Nets with 17 points, two 3s, four assists and a not-so-nice four turnovers.
Augustin has been shooting it over 50 percent of over the last two weeks which is great but his supporting stats of 1.3 threes, 3.6 assists and 0.7 steals leaves his value for that stretch at just top-150ish in 9-cat. That’s good enough to be streamed in standard leagues, but nothing to write home about.
January 18, 2019, 9:52 pmMohamed Bamba - C - Orlando Magic
Mo Bamba (left foot soreness) returned to action after missing four games and finished Friday’s loss to the Nets with nine points, one 3, four boards and a block in a typical 15 minutes.
Khem Birch, who had been filling in for Bamba, was wiped from the rotation with a DNP for any very deep-league guys using him. As for Bamba, he’ll stay at about 15-18 minutes a game (and remain a deep-league source of blocks) unless Nikola Vucevic’s minutes are reduced as the Magic continue to fall out of playoff contention. Vooch had 16 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in the loss.
January 18, 2019, 9:45 pmAaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon had 23 points, three 3s, five assists and four rebounds in 31 minutes before leaving Friday’s eventual loss to the Nets with lower-back tightness.
Gordon left in the fourth quarter and did not return. This same issue has been impacting his game for a good part of the season, so we hope he can get right or another late-season shutdown might be in play. Stay tuned for any updates. Jon Isaac added nine points, six boards and two blocks and would get more run at his natural power forward position if Gordon misses any games.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter
January 18, 2019, 11:13 amMohamed Bamba - C - Orlando Magic
Mohamed Bamba (sore left foot) is expected to play in Friday's game versus the Nets.
Bamba went through this morning's shootaround fully after missing the Magic's last four games. Look for Bamba to slide back into the backup center role as Khem Birch's minutes fade away.
Source: Josh Robbins on Twitter