Denton: Vaughn Has Many Offensive Options


Of course, because the Magic have so many options it will likely mean that some players will not be on the floor at critical times late in game. One such instance came in Friday’s 109-100 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers when Vaughn went with Nicholson at power forward instead of Davis.

And Harris, who hit a 3-pointer with 8 minutes to play to put Orlando up by four points, didn’t play down the stretch because he is still working back into form after missing most of the last eight weeks with the high ankle sprain. He understands that the Magic have more options that slots right now and that players will at times have to make sacrifices for the good of the team.

``I think that’s the way that it has to be,’’ said Harris, who had 10 points and five rebounds in just his second game of the season. ``And as a team we have to buy in. We have to know if a guy is hot, keep giving him the ball. If we want to win games, we have to buy in together and know this is going to take a team effort every night.’’

The rapidly improving Oladipo proved himself to be a talented offensive weapon on Friday night. Mixing his driving abilities with his jump shot, the prized No. 2 pick in last June’s NBA Draft had three layups, got to the free throw line five times (with five makes) and also drilled three 3-pointers.

Oladipo’s 26 points tied his career high set two weeks earlier in a triple-double performance in Philadelphia. And like in that career night in Philly, Oladipo did plenty more stuff on Friday by chipping in five rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocked shots.

Said Vaughn: ``He’s just getting better by the day. His ability to worry about today’s game only is pretty impressive. To play against a high level backcourt like the Cavs’ backcourt, you’ve got to give Victor a lot of credit.’’


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