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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Magic center Nikola Vucevic out in win over Nets

By on 4/10/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Orlando Magic defeated the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday by the score of 115-111. The win was the second straight for the Magic, who are now 23-55 on the season. The Magic were once again without center Nikola Vucevic, who was out with a sore Achilles' tendon.

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As reported by Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, coach Jacque Vaughn said after yesterday morning's shoot around that Vucevic did some court work and is improving but not to the point of being able to get back into a game.  The Magic are 4-17 in games Vucevic has missed this season and 19-38 with him in the lineup.

Vucevic admits to feeling better, but also is frustrated not being able to be on the court.
“I’m feeling better. I’m just doing different stuff for rehab, whatever you can do to make it better. It’s getting better. We’ll take it day-by-day and we’ll take it from there.  It’s kind of annoying. But it’s a part of being an athlete sometimes. You have to deal with injuries. All I can do is just make it right and get it back healthy to where I can come back on the court and help my team. It’s frustrating. But there’s nothing I can do about it now but to make it healthy.”
Vucevic is in his third season out of UCLA.  After a slow rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011-2012, he's developed into one of the better centers in the Eastern Conference. In 57 games this season, Vucevic is averaging 14.2 points and 11 rebounds per game.


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