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Pro Blue Hoops: The Orlando Wolverines flex their muscles

Despite an injury to Franz Wagner, the Magic continued to roll thanks to his fellow Wolverine counterparts.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Orlando Magic Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images

The injury bug bit two former Michigan Wolverines this week as Franz Wagner and Moussa Diabate both went down with minor injuries. Still, the Michigan Magic picked up steam as Moe Wagner and Caleb Houstan both had banner weeks in the absence of Franz.

Here’s how each of the former Wolverines in the NBA fared this week.

Franz Wagner, F, Orlando Magic

20.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 3.9 APG in 34 games

Unfortunately, Franz suffered his first (and hopefully last) injury of the season this week. Tuesday, he scored 25 points with six rebounds, three assists, and two steals in a loss at Golden State. Then on Wednesday, he suffered the aforementioned right ankle sprain in Sacramento after just five minutes on the floor.

Tim Hardaway Jr., G, Dallas Mavericks

17.1 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.7 APG in 35 games

Hardaway and the Mavs had a busy week with four games since last Wednesday. Tim scored 14 points on just 10 shots from the field in a win against Portland. Then two days later in a rematch against the Trailblazers, he notched 19 points with four assists on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. He cooled off with just 12- and nine-point performances against Minnesota and Memphis, respectively, despite playing 30+ minutes in both contests. Since the beginning of January, his shot attempts are down significantly.

Duncan Robinson, F, Miami Heat

14.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 3.2 APG in 34 games

There’s no way to sugarcoat it — Duncan had a rough week. While he did score in the double-digits in two of Miami’s three games, his shooting was not up to his usual standard. Robinson scored 13 points on Wednesday against the Lakers but was just 3-for-12 from three. On Friday in Phoenix, he scored just four points and was 1-for-6 from deep. Then on Monday against Houston, he scored 14 points and tallied seven assists, but just 3-for-10 from three. Hopefully he can regain his shooting touch quickly.

Jordan Poole, G, Washington Wizards

16.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.6 APG in 35 games

Poole’s Wizards had an abysmal week, losing five straight. Jordan started the week off roughly but showed signs of life near the end. Over three games from Wednesday to Saturday of last week, Poole averaged just 6.7 points per game, far below his season average of 16.5 points per game. His minutes were down slightly but he also didn’t shoot more than 11 shots from the field in any of those contests, which is below his usual 14.4 field goal attempts per game. On Monday against Oklahoma City, he was more active. Poole scored 24 points with five assists.

Caris LeVert, G, Cleveland Cavaliers

16.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG in 28 games

LeVert had a solid week, leading his Cavaliers to three consecutive wins. On Wednesday against the Wizards, he poured in 21 points, five assists, and five rebounds in just 23 minutes. He backed that up with a double-double against the Wizards again on Friday with 11 points and 11 assists. Then on Sunday, he dropped 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. He was 4-for-5 from three. In today’s NBA, that’s an incredibly efficient week. LeVert is now Cleveland’s third-highest scorer.

Moritz Wagner, C, Orlando Magic

11.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG in 37 games

Moe bounced back in a major way this week. After having his minutes slashed into the teen’s a majority of last week, this week he played 25+ minutes three separate times, and the Magic were rewarded. Wagner tallied a double-double in Denver on Friday night with 19 points and 11 rebounds. He then scored 15 points in just 25 minutes against the Hawks on Sunday. Lastly, he poured in 21 points on just nine shots from the field on Tuesday! He somehow was able to shoot 11 free throws and made eight of them as Minnesota struggled to contain Wagner.

Isaiah Livers, F, Detroit Pistons

5.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.1 APG in 21 games

The Pistons started a brand new losing streak this week, losing five straight right after picking up their lone win since November. Livers continued to receive his fair share of minutes as he was granted 30+ minutes twice this week. Unfortunately, he is still playing rather passive. In January, Livers has shot 52 percent from the field and 40 percent from three. Those are admirable percentages, but he’s only shooting 4.6 shots per game resulting in just 6.2 points per game.

Moussa Diabate, F, Los Angeles Clippers

2.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.4 APG in 10 games

Diabate made an appearance this week but played just three minutes and recorded one rebound. He is now listed as out as he sustained a right hand metacarpal fracture. Here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery.

Caleb Houstan, F, Orlando Magic

5.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.6 APG in 28 games

Houstan’s minutes exploded this week and, with that, so did his stats. Caleb averaged eight minutes per game in November, 16 per game in December, and now 27 per game in January. Houstan has played 31 or more minutes in three of Orlando’s four most recent games. Last Wednesday in Sacramento, he scored 15 points and swiped four steals. On Sunday, he scored a career-high 25 points(!!!) as he canned seven triples in 14 tries. This surge seemingly came out of nowhere but is great to see.

Jett Howard, G, Orlando Magic

1.6 PPG, 0.4 RPG, 0.3 APG in 9 games

Howard played with the Osceola Magic in the G League for the duration of the week.

Kobe Bufkin, G, Atlanta Hawks

0.5 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.0 APG in 2 games

Last Wednesday, Atlanta recalled Bufkin to the NBA club; however, he has yet to make another appearance with the Hawks since his injury. It should be coming soon.