Orlando Magic second-year guard Jalen Suggs returned from his ankle harm Tuesday in opposition to the Thunder in Oklahoma Metropolis.
Suggs, who was upgraded to questionable on the crew’s Monday night harm report after being sidelined for the final 5 video games, was upgraded to out there earlier than tipoff after being a game-time resolution.
He got here off the bench, with the jumbo lineup of Franz Wagner, Terrence Ross, Paolo Banchero, Bol Bol and Wendell Carter Jr. beginning for the third consecutive sport.
Tuesday was Suggs’ first sport since spraining his proper ankle on a drive to the basket in the course of the third quarter of the Magic’s loss to the Hawks on Oct. 21 in Atlanta. He additionally landed awkwardly on his proper leg after being fouled on the drive.
Cole Anthony (torn proper inner indirect), Markelle Fultz (fractured left massive toe), Gary Harris (left knee harm restoration), Jonathan Isaac (left knee harm restoration) and Moe Wagner (sprained proper midfoot) stay sidelined.
Second-year guard Josh Giddey additionally returned Tuesday for the Thunder after lacking three video games due to a sprained proper ankle. Chet Holmgren (proper foot surgical procedure — out for season), the No. 2 choose in June’s draft, was sidelined for Oklahoma Metropolis.
Suggs performed within the Magic’s first two video games. He scored 21 factors (8 of 11 taking pictures, 4 of 6 on 3s) in 25 minutes earlier than fouling out within the fourth quarter of the regular-season-opening loss to the Detroit Pistons and had 3 factors (1 of 5 taking pictures) and three steals in 16 minutes in opposition to the Hawks earlier than his harm.
Suggs wasn’t too far faraway from a left knee harm — a capsule sprain and bone bruise — he suffered in the course of the Magic’s preseason win over the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 7. He missed the ultimate two preseason video games however was cleared for the regular-season opener.
“It says rather a lot about our efficiency employees, what they’re pushing him to do and the way in which he’s prepared to proceed to work,” coach Jamahl Mosley mentioned pregame about Suggs getting back from his accidents rapidly. “Perhaps it’s a few of the soccer stuff that he can bounce off these accidents early.”
Suggs, the No. 5 choose in 2021 who was Mr. Soccer in highschool, had an up-and-down rookie season partly due to accidents that restricted him to 48 video games.
He was sidelined for 20 video games from early December by mid-January after fracturing his proper thumb and handled accidents to his proper ankle that sidelined him for 13 of the ultimate 18 video games.
Suggs had surgical procedure to handle a stress fracture in his proper ankle — the identical one he injured 1 ½ weeks in the past — early within the offseason, limiting his participation in basketball actions over the summer season.
Magic accomplice with PureCycle
The Magic are partnering with PureCycle Applied sciences to assist “divert plastic waste from being landfilled or flowing into Central Florida waterways,” the crew mentioned in a press release.
Via the partnership, the Magic will grow to be the primary NBA crew to implement PureCycle’s “PureZero waste” program, a plastic waste recycling program geared towards stadiums and leisure venues.
The partnership with PureCycle, an Orlando-based firm, will goal to scale back the quantity of plastic waste this season by implementing “an revolutionary sustainability plan” for Amway Heart.
As a part of their partnership, employees members from the 2 organizations are also teaming as much as clear up the Parramore neighborhood Wednesday morning.
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