In the Bonus: New ballgame in the fourth
IN THE BONUS
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GREEN'S TOUGH FOURTH
It'll be a while before fans forget about Jeff Green's buzzer-beating 3-pointer at Miami, but the fourth quarter of games has not been Green's finest moments this season. In fact, the fourth quarter has been his worst in terms of shooting percentage (26.1) and that's in part due to him launching more threes in the fourth (39.1) than in any other quarter of play.
Known for his Energizer bunny-like effort, Wallace is channeling that into being a more efficient scorer. He's shooting better than 51 percent from the field which isn't all that surprising for a guy who has made a living off slashing to the basket for lay-ups. But this season, his shooting numbers have been aided by him connecting on a career high-tying 38.5 percent of his threes.
Talk about saving your best for last. Bradley takes the bulk of his three-point shots (31 percent) in the fourth quarter which is also his best quarter in terms of shooting the ball (58.8 percent). That includes him nailing 40 percent on threes, his highest shooting percentage on threes in any quarter.
MAGIC ON THE RUN
Among the areas Orlando has improved upon from last year is fast-break points. A year ago, they were among the NBA's worst with a 9.9 points per game average while shooting just 60.1 percent on fast breaks. This year, they are up to 11.4 points via fast breaks while shooting 66 percent on fast-break attempts.
FINDING THE RANGE
Look for the Magic to try and get Nicholson more mid-range shot opportunities, especially if he's on the floor in the fourth quarter. He shoots 50 percent from mid-range this season but gets few looks in the fourth which is evident by just 25 percent of his shots in the fourth quarter being mid-range attempts.
SETTLING FOR JUMPERS
Posterized by Jeff Green on Friday, Maxiell is used to being the one with lay-ups and dunks and not getting dunked on. Lay-ups and dunks made up a big part of his game in Detroit. Now with Orlando, Maxiell has seen dunks and lay-ups account for a smaller percentage of his shot attempts (21 percent now compared to 31.5 last season).