Orlando Magic Tough Place To Be At For Andrew Nicholson

By John Raffel
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not easy being a member of the Orlando Magic. Just ask Andrew Nicholson.

He and Jameer Nelson were scoring leaders for Magic in their last game prior to the All-Star break with 10 points apiece.

Ten points apiece.

That’s not good in an NBA game. They lost 108-76 to the Atlanta Hawks and rightfully so.

When it rains it pours as was evident when the Magic learned that Hedo Turkoglu would be suspended 20 games for steroid abuse.

Nicholson was 5-of-9 in his last game for 10 points and also had six rebounds. But the Magic are obviously not getting enough scorers to chip in. Nicholson had six rebounds but the Magic were outrebounded 54-41.

Nicholson has been doing his part averaging eight points and 3.5 boards a game. He’s a rookie from St. Bonaventure and is delivering about as much as you could expect from a first-year player. Prior to the Hawks game, he had two outstanding performances, which demonstrate his true potential. Against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he had 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor and 3-of-5 from the free-throw line. He grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists. The following game, Nicholson scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

 Nicholson has had several games in double figures and he’s putting in solid minutes for the Magic. There’s not much more than can be expected of him. But more can be excepted of the Magic which needs a better supporting cast for Nicholson in order to get more Ws on the board.

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