Guard Jalen Suggs said the Magic have to bring more consistency in their effort for a full 48 minutes, using Wednesday’s loss to the Timberwolves as an example.
“We showed grit and toughness in the second half, but you have to bring it for both halves. You can’t play 24 minutes of basketball,” Suggs told reporters. “We have to bring it from the tip.”
The Magic remain without rookie power forward Paolo Banchero, who has missed multiple games with a sprained ankle. Banchero is expected back within the next 7-10 days, sources told Hoops Wire.
- Injured Magic shooting guard Gary Harris could make his season debut Friday, per Khobe Price of the Orlando Sentinel. Harris had a procedure on his knee in the fall following a left meniscus injury.
Shooting guard Bradley Beal knows a star when he sees one, and he likely witnessed a rising one in Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on Wednesday. Gilgeous-Alexander erupted for 42 points as the Thunder edged the Wizards for another impressive road victory.
“He’s very crafty,” Beal told reporters of SGA. “He probably doesn’t blow you away with his speed. … When you’re confident in yourself, and you’re playing at those levels, he doesn’t think anybody can guard him. He really has that mindset that he attacks everybody. We should have started fouling (him) and put him on the ground, do something to alter him.”
- Coach Wes Unseld Jr. said guard Delon Wright should be re-evaluated for a hamstring injury this week, via the Associated Press. Wright hasn’t played since Oct. 25.
Guard Derrick White said the Celtics’ eight-game win streak truly has taken a teamwide effort.
“We’ve got a lot of guys who can do a lot of things to help us win games,” White told reporters. “We trust every person on this roster. When they come in, they do good things for us. It’s a long season, there’s gonna be injuries, people out. We’re gonna need everybody.”
- In case you missed it, interim coach Joe Mazzulla is expected to land the job on a permanent basis. We have that full post right here.