The Orlando’s magic they could get a much-needed boost in the frontcourt over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Amway Center.
Rookie striker Paolo Banchero and the great man Moe Wagner are available to return on Friday.
Banchero was sidelined for seven straight games due to a sprained left ankle he suffered after rolling his ankle while driving to the basket in the fourth quarter. home loss to the Houston Rockets November 7.
“I just need to be patient,” Banchero said. “This is the first time I’ve dealt with injuries. At first I wanted to run as fast as possible, trying to get back. I realized that this did not bode well for me. I’m trying to learn patience and still be patient and listen to myself.”
Wagner will make his season debut if he plays on Friday. He has not played since spraining his right metatarsal in a match a preseason win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 14.
Both Banchero and Wagner trained on Wednesday.
“I haven’t heard Moe Wagner’s trash talk in a while,” said Jalen Suggs. “It was amazing. Good to see him back.”
Starting great man Wendell Carter Jr. (stretched plantar fascia of the right – soft tissue under the foot) i backup striker Chuma Okeke (left knee soreness) were listed as questionable in Thursday’s injury report.
Carter has missed three of the last four games.
He told the Sentinel ahead of Friday’s away win over the Chicago Bulls that he had struggled with the injury for 5-6 games before being sidelined for the first time during a game. November 16 home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Okeke played for 12 minutes Monday’s loss to the Pacers in Indianapolis before leaving with 9:33 left in the third.
“It’s the same knee he dealt with before,” Mosley said of Okeke. “Part of that is being careful not to make things worse. We want to be careful with our guys and make sure we try to get healthy bodies back.
Fultz trained on Wednesday, but will need more time to prepare and train before making his season debut.
He told the Watchman on November 9 that he hoped to return “within the next 3-4 weeks” and confirmed those hopes to the Watcher last week.
This timeframe covers the period from November 30 to December. 7.
“It didn’t even feel real when everyone just collapsed. It felt like every other day someone was gone,” said Suggs. “It wasn’t overnight. It’s nice to have them back around, back on the move and just getting back that vibe of normalcy. “
Banchero, the #1 pick in the June draft, averaged 23.5 points, the highest among rookies, with 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 34.6 minutes (11 games).
He scored 33 and 30 points in back-to-back games before being ruled out due to injury.
“I was definitely in a good rhythm,” said Banchero. “I definitely felt like I was improving every game, just learning. It sucks that I got injured while playing so well, but I’m looking forward to coming back as soon as I do and just picking up where I left off.
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