Orlando Magic officials know Victor Oladipo will struggle at times during his rookie season, especially since Oladipo is learning how to run an offense as a point guard.
Wednesday was one of those rough nights.
In 20 minutes during the Magic's 108-104 preseason loss to the Houston Rockets, he finished with nine points on 3-of-12 shooting. He had three assists and just one turnover.
Magic coach Jacque Vaughn liked Oladipo's activity in transition and his on-ball defense.
Still, Vaughn sees room for improvement.
"I want him to be more aggressive, attack the rim even more," Vaughn said. "I want him to think 'aggressive' from the time he laces up his shoes in the morning until the time he takes them off at nighttime."
Oladipo has shown a knack for attacking the hoop and drawing fouls.
On Wednesday, he took three foul shots and made all three.
The rookie is averaging 3.8 free-throw attempts per game this preseason.
Maurice Harkless worked on his ball-handling during the offseason, and he has been much more aggressive driving to the hoop during the preseason than he was last season as a rookie.
Harkless has taken 21 free throws in the Magic's four preseason exhibitions.
He's made 76.2 percent of them.
Last season, he made 57.0 percent of his attempts from the line.
Andrew Nicholson had his best offensive game of the preseason on Wednesday, scoring 15 points in 27 minutes.
Nicholson made six of his eight shots from the field, including three of four from 3-point range.
Over the summer, Nicholson sought to increase his shooting range after he didn't attempt any 3-pointers during his rookie season.
Nicholson has made five of his eight 3-point tries so far this month.
Magic players had Thursday off following their road trip to Dallas and Houston.
The team will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday and the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
Pink in the Paint
The Magic and Florida Hospital have designated Sunday's exhibition game against the Pistons at Amway Center as "Pink in the Paint Breast Cancer Awareness Night."
Over 100 survivors of breast cancer will attend a pregame reception, and six Central Floridians who have beaten the disease will high-five players during introductions.
The first 4,000 fans will receive pink Magic T-shirts, and the Magic's coaching staff will wear pink ties during the game.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink.
The team said it will donate $5 for every ticket purchased through OrlandoMagic.com/pink to support mammogram funding and the treatment of underserved women in Orlando.
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