The Orlando Magic may get a much-needed increase to their frontcourt depth vs. the Philadelphia 76ers at Amway Heart.
Rookie ahead Paolo Banchero and large man Moe Wagner can be found to make their returns Friday.
Banchero was sidelined for seven consecutive video games due to the sprained left ankle he suffered after rolling the ankle on a drive to the basket through the fourth quarter of the house loss to the Houston Rockets on Nov. 7.
“I’ve simply acquired to be affected person,” Banchero mentioned. “It’s my first time coping with accidents. At first, I wished to hurry as shortly as doable attempting to get again. I noticed that wasn’t doing any good for me. I’m attempting to study to be affected person and proceed to be affected person and hearken to myself.”
Wagner will make his season debut if he performs Friday. He hasn’t performed since spraining his proper midfoot through the preseason win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 14.
Each Banchero and Wagner practiced Wednesday.
“I haven’t heard Moe Wagner’s trash speak shortly,” Jalen Suggs mentioned. “That was superb. It’s good to see him again.”
Beginning large man Wendell Carter Jr. (strained proper plantar fascia — delicate tissue beneath the foot) and reserve ahead Chuma Okeke (left knee soreness) had been listed as questionable on Thursday’s damage report.
Carter’s missed three of the final 4 video games.
He informed the Sentinel forward of final Friday’s street win over the Chicago Bulls that he had been coping with his damage for 5-6 video games earlier than being sidelined for the primary time through the Nov. 16 dwelling loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Okeke performed 12 minutes in Monday’s loss to the Pacers in Indianapolis earlier than exiting with 9:33 remaining within the third.
“That’s the identical knee he’s handled earlier than,” Mosley mentioned of Okeke. “Part of that is being cautious so issues don’t get any worse. We wish to keep cautious with our guys and ensure we attempt to get wholesome our bodies again.”
Cole Anthony (torn proper inside indirect), Markelle Fultz (fractured left large toe) and Jonathan Isaac (left knee damage restoration) stay out.
Fultz practiced Wednesday however will want extra conditioning and follow time earlier than making his season debut.
He informed the Sentinel on Nov. 9 that he hoped to return “inside the subsequent 3-4 weeks” and reaffirmed these hopes to the Sentinel final week.
That timeframe is from Nov. 30-Dec. 7.
“It didn’t even really feel actual when all people went down similar to that. It felt like each different day someone was out,” Suggs mentioned. “It wasn’t day-to-day. It’s good to have them again round, again shifting and simply get that vibe of normalcy again.”
Banchero, the No. 1 decide in June’s draft, is averaging a team-high 23.5 factors, which is probably the most amongst rookies, to go along with 8.3 rebounds and three.6 assists in 34.6 minutes (11 video games).
He scored 33 and 30 factors in back-to-back video games earlier than being sidelined with the damage.
“I used to be in a superb rhythm for positive,” Banchero mentioned. “I undoubtedly felt like I used to be enhancing each recreation, simply studying. It sucks that I acquired harm in the course of taking part in effectively like that, however I’m trying ahead to coming again at any time when I do and simply choosing up the place I left off.”
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