Nikola Vucevic gets 14/12/8 with three blocks
Vuc felt soreness in his troublesome right Achilles this weekend, but he looked sharp on Monday and obviously wasn't at all limited tonight. Considering how tricky Achilles injuries can be, and the fact that Orlando has the fourth-worst record in the NBA, Vucevic's owners have to be overjoyed with his recent production.
Nikola Vucevic posts 26 points w/ 13 boards
Vucevic has back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in five games since returning from a four-game absence due to an Achilles' tendon injury. He is a rebound machine, averaging 12.4 boards in the past five outings, two more than his season average. As long as the Magic continue to make an effort and not tank then Vucevic will be a good fantasy option. However, keep in mind they could pull his plug at any time.
Nikola Vucevic (sore Achilles) confirmed in the starting lineup tonight
Vucevic will play and start in tonight's game against the Philadelphia 76ers after previously being listed as questionable on the Magic's injury report with a sore right Achilles that forced him to miss Sunday's practice. Additionally, his availability in the starting lineup removes Bismack Biyombo from daily fantasy consideration entirely. The Sixers have really struggled to defend the interior since Joel Embiid has been sidelined, which is reflected in their rank of 30th in DvP against opposing centers, so Vucevic is shaping up to be a fantastic tournament option after carrying an injury designation on all of the daily fantasy sites across the industry.
Nikola Vucevic (Achilles) will start Monday
Vucevic was unable to practice on Sunday after his Achilles flared up on him, but the fact that he won't be missing any game-time action is very encouraging, and owners in season-long settings shouldn't hesitate to get him active. Elfrid Payton, Terrence Ross, Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon will join Vuc in the starting five tonight.
Nikola Vucevic (Achilles) doesn't practice
Not good. The problem occurred because he played both games of the back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday. On top of that, Vucevic also had a right ankle sprain on Thursday, so that likely didn't help the situation. The Magic are playing for lottery balls and are sitting in the No. 4 spot, so the incentive to play Vooch continues to drop. His owners will have to check back for an update tomorrow, but he's a risky player to start right now. Bismack Biyombo would be a blocks and boards specialist while Stephen Zimmerman could be in the rotation.
Nikola Vucevic scores 18 with 17 boards
He did tweak his ankle on Thursday and was a game-time call, but clearly Vooch looked great and had his jumper working. In other news, he had some very interesting comments after Thursday's loss to the Warriors. "Not only in effort, but I think they also outsmarted us," Vucevic said. "Some basic basketball stuff we couldnt cover, and its frustrating that at this level we cant cover simple things like switches and stuff like that." Moving forward, Vooch's fantasy owners will have to hope his Achilles holds up with the Magic holding the No. 4 spot in the lottery.
Nikola Vucevic (ankle) will start tonight
Just a half hour after news broke that Nikola Vucevic had been downgraded to questionable for tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns due to an ankle injury, the Magic have officially announced the Vucevic has been cleared to play and will start in Friday's contest. The availability of Vucevic immediately removes Bismack Biyombo from consideration entirely, while Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier also become much less appealing options. Vucevic himself can also be considered for tournaments but does carry some additional risk given the uncertainty surrounding his ankle injury.
Nikola Vucevic (ankle) downgraded to questionable tonight, will be a game-time decision
Vucevic has officially been downgraded to questionable for tonight's game against the Phoenix Suns due to a sprained left ankle despite never appearing on the Magic's injury report at any point during the day. If Vucevic is eventually ruled out, Bismack Biyombo will almost assuredly draw the start at center in his absence. However, Magic head coach Frank Vogel did confirm that Vucevic will definitely start if cleared to play. Biyombo is still slightly priced up across the industry following Vucevic's prior injury stint, but he is still certainly in play as a value option on the late slate should Vucevic be ruled out. Since the All-Star break, both Terrence Ross (24.0%) and Evan Fournier (27.4%) lead the Magic with at least +3.5% usage rate differential with Vucevic off the court, putting them firmly into consideration in a pace up matchup against Phoenix.
Nikola Vucevic (ankle) will start against PHX
On Thursday, he tweaked his left ankle when he tried to block on shot on Stephen Curry and he landed on Curry's foot. Vucevic had some interesting comments after Thursday's game and said the Warriors "outsmarted" them, so maybe that is some added motivation to play today. He should get decent minutes tonight, but he'll be a shutdown candidate in a couple weeks.
Nikola Vucevic sharp in Monday's loss
Vucevic is averaging 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots over two games since returning from an Achilles' injury. While he just missed out on his 30th double-double of the season, he was able to drop in three 3-pointers to help out fantasy owners in rotisserie leagues. However, be on the lookout for signs of the Magic tanking down the stretch. If they go that avenue then Vucevic is a prime candidate to collect DNP-CDs.