Nikola Vucevic Awaits MRI On Sprained Ankle

by November 21, 2019
Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic

Update #1, 2:42 pm: Vucevic will miss at least four weeks with his ankle injury, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. That will put him in position to return in mid-December at the earliest.

The Orlando Magic lost Nikola Vucevic in the middle of their Wednesday night game against the Toronto Raptors when the 29-year-old hit the deck with a sprained right ankle.

Vucevic was promptly ruled out for the game after landing awkwardly on a block attempt and was later seen leaving the arena with crutches and a walking boot.

John Denton of the Magic’s official team site reports that initial x-rays on the big man’s foot came back negative but that they’ll await the results of an MRI on Thursday.

Vucevic has been a dominant force for the Magic this season, averaging 17.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game over the course of the 14 tilts he’s played in so far this season.

Any extended absence for Vucevic will presumably thrust reserve Mo Bamba and Khem Birch into larger roles.