Magic Pull Ahead 88-72 Against Bucks in Third Quarter, Jae Crowder Sidelined by Injury


ORLANDO – The Milwaukee Bucks struggled against the Orlando Magic, trailing 88-72 after the third quarter, with the Magic scoring 18 second-chance points.

At the halftime break, the Bucks were down 65-49, with the Magic capitalizing on 13 second-chance points and 13 points off turnovers. The Magic also shot 18-for-21 from the free-throw line, while the Bucks were 7-for-16.

The Magic took a 29-25 lead after the first quarter, scoring seven second-chance points to gain an early advantage. The Bucks forced five turnovers but failed to convert them into points.

The Bucks suffered a close loss in Indiana, with Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 54 points in that game.

Jae Crowder injured vs. Magic

In the third quarter, with 3 minutes and 54 seconds left, Jae Crowder was subbed out for AJ Green due to left groin soreness. Crowder played 17 minutes against the Magic, scoring one point and securing two rebounds.

What is the Bucks’ record?

The Bucks are 5-3 after their loss to the Pacers on Thursday. Prior to that defeat, the Bucks had won three consecutive games. The Magic are currently 4-4.

Damian Lillard ruled out for Bucks game vs. Magic

The Bucks’ all-NBA point guard was ruled out an hour before the game against the Pacers, listed as questionable due to soreness in his right calf. This status carried over into the game against Orlando.

Following his warmup, the Bucks decided to rule him out for the game against the Magic.

Bucks head coach Adrian Griffin mentioned that Lillard having the injury designation for a second straight game did not create any bigger concerns.

“No,” Griffin said. “I just think if we have to err on the side of caution; being cautious with him.

In terms of designating Lillard with “soreness” in his calf, that designation will likely be reevaluated after the game against Orlando.

This season, the league modified the rule regarding the use of “soreness” as a reason for game absences. Teams can no longer list “soreness” for more than two consecutive games. The designation is intended to serve as a placeholder for a more formal diagnosis.

Therefore, after the game in Orlando, the Bucks will need to provide more specific information about his injuries, including status, reason, laterality, and the affected body part.

Bucks injury report vs. Magic

  • Damian Lillard, out (right calf soreness)

Is Giannis playing?

Yes, Giannis is playing despite having left ankle soreness heading into the game in Indiana, where he netted 54 points.

Bucks probable starting lineup

  • Guards: Cameron Payne, Malik Beasley
  • Forwards: Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Center: Brook Lopez

What are the Bucks vs. Magic odds: spread, money line, over/under point total?

The Bucks are favored by 3 ½ points, with -165 on the money line, while the Magic are +140; the over/under point total is 232.

Odds are provided by BETMGM.

When is the Bucks’ next game? What is the Bucks’ 2023 schedule?

Following the game against the Magic, the Bucks will return home to play against the Chicago Bulls at 7 p.m. on Monday. Here’s the Bucks’ full 2023-24 schedule.

MarJon Beauchamp hosting turkey drive on Sunday

Second-year Bucks player MarJon Beauchamp is hosting a turkey drive for Milwaukee residents on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. In collaboration with World Visions and Black Men United, Beauchamp’s foundation will distribute 200 turkeys, 200 food boxes, as well as toys, socks, diapers, and bicycles at The 42 Factory Office Suites, located at 1134 N 9th St. in Milwaukee.

For registration information, please email [email protected].


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