Magic’s Nikola Vucevic to miss seven to 10 days with ankle injury

Orlando Magic centre Nikola Vucevic (9) is taken off the court after an awkward landing during first half NBA basketball action against the Toronto Raptors, in Toronto, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. (Frank Gunn/CP)

Orlando Magic all-star Nikola Vucevic will be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days after suffering an ankle sprain, the team announced Thursday.

Vucevic sustained the injury with 5:29 remaining in the second quarter of Orlando’s 113-97 loss to the Toronto Raptors last night, when the seven-footer landed awkwardly as he tried to stop Norman Powell on a drive to the basket.

“It was hard for me to put any pressure on,” Vucevic said after the game. “We’ll see. I’m supposed to get an MRI (Thursday) and then I’ll know more after that. It’s pretty painful right now.”

X-rays on his ankle were negative, but following the MRI it was determined that Vucevic would be forced to miss an extended period of time.

Compounding Vucevic’s injury for Orlando is the loss of Aaron Gordon, who was also injured during the Magic’s game against the Raptors when he landed awkwardly after trying to stop an OG Anunoby dunk. The team announced Gordon has a right-ankle contusion and his return will depend on how he responds treatment.

In 14 games for the Magic this season, the 29-year-old Vucevic has averaged 17.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest.

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