Orlando Magic: Nikola Vucevic Helps Team Top Milwaukee Bucks
The Orlando Magic love to win Game 1’s for some reason and then falter for the rest of the series. That’s what happened in 2012 against the Indiana Pacers and in 2019 against the Toronto Raptors. Orlando played the Milwaukee Bucks and Nikola Vucevic scored 35 points in the game and it helped the Magic defeat Milwaukee 122-110.
Vucevic also shot 62.5 percent from the field. He also grabbed 14 rebounds, recorded four assists, and recorded one steal. Nikola Vucevic was one of the main reasons why the Orlando Magic won Game 1 though.
Victory Through Vucevic
They are most likely not going to win this series, but Orlando is a young team that is coached by Steve Clifford. They could very well fall flat on their faces once again in the playoffs, but if the Magic are to win one or two more games or even somehow magically steal this series, then they must continue to grow up.
Vucevic is the heartbeat of this basketball team. However, he got a decent amount of help that was received during this game.
Terrence Ross was their second-leading scorer with 18 points. He shot 53.8 percent from the field. Ross also grabbed six rebounds, recorded one assist, and recorded one steal though.
The offense starts through Vucevic in the high post and he can either post up or shoot the three ball. When the offense is going well, he is doing well. When he is out of the game, the offense looks completely different.
Giannis Anteotkounmpo scored 31 points for the Milwaukee Bucks. He shot 48 percent from the field. Antetokounmpo also grabbed 17 rebounds, recorded seven assists, and recorded one steal.
George Hill was Milwaukee’s second-leading scorer with 16 points. He shot 55.6 percent from the field. Hill also grabbed two rebounds, recorded five assists, and recorded one steal.
If the Orlando Magic are going to pull off the shocking upset, Nikola Vucevic is going to have to continue playing at a high level. If the Milwaukee Bucks defense can ever figure him out, it will be a tough time for Orlando to win.
He is only 29 years old and it will be interesting to see whether or not he can keep this high level of play up. There is no pressure on the Magic to win this money. Orlando has nothing to lose and the Milwaukee Bucks have everything to lose, considering the fact that Milwaukee is one of the favorites to win it all this season in the NBA though.
Game 2 of this series will be on Thursday at 6 p.m. Eastern on ESPN though. Could there be some panic if the Bucks don’t win Game 2? It is very possible, but I don’t see them losing a game for the rest of this series. There will be a lot of concerns if the Milwaukee Bucks lose Game 2 to the Orlando Magic though.
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