Orlando Magic Fall to Raptors, Lose All-Star Nikola Vucevic for 4 Weeks
Safe to say, the Orlando Magic are fed up of facing the Toronto Raptors.
Amidst a 113-97 loss, the Magic lost All-Star center Nikola Vucevic when the big man went up to try to block a Raptors shot with under six minutes to go in the second quarter. Vucevic was helped back to the locker room and was ruled out for the remainder of the game with what was labeled a right ankle sprain.
After undergoing testing, the Magic announced that Vucevic would miss at least four weeks due to the ankle injury. Vucevic re-signed with the Magic over the offseason to a four-year, $100 million deal. He cracked his first All-Star team last season.
Magic’s Aaron Gordon suffered an ankle sprain in the same game as well and missed the entirety of the second half.
“It was a little bit worse sprain than I’ve had,” Gordon said following the loss. “Usually, I can roll it over and lace it up a little tighter and keep going. I jumped all the way up and landed all the way down on it, so it hurts, man, not being able to play, not being able to help my team win. But injuries are part of the game, so I’m going to take my time and get back right.”
Gordon’s injury is reportedly not as serious as the one Vucevic suffered in the defeat.
After a remarkable string of health last season, the Magic have been struggling to stay on the court in the early goings of this season.