The Orlando Magic have opportunity to spend at the end of the season. Even late in the game of a close contest, the Magic are giving chances to players that have largely been at the end of their bench. That is what Ignas Brazdeikis took advantage of last year to...
Brazdeikis contributed 20 points (8-16 FG, 2-6 3PT, 2-4 FT), six rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's 120-115 win over Cleveland. With Franz Wagner reaggravating his ankle injury in the first half, Brazdeikis got another massive boost in minutes. After putting up just 7.0 points per game in March, the Michigan product has almost doubled that average to start the month of April.
Brazdeikis closed with 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 0-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 37 minutes during Sunday's 118-88 loss to New York. Making his first career start, Brazdeikis led all players in minutes and turned in a respectable stat line, despite the blowout loss. The former Michigan standout spent much of the year in the G League, but he's begun to see more minutes of late with the Magic in full-on tank mode. Sunday marked Brazdeikis' fourth straight double-digit scoring game.