Orlando Magic guard Vince Carter left his team's game against the San Antonio Spurs with 5:41 to play after making a difficult driving layup attempt following a spin move around the defense. He landed awkwardly on Spurs forward Matt Bonner and departed for good during the Spurs' ensuing timeout, with his bucket bringing the Magic to within a point at 86-85. The Magic went on to lose, 106-97.
The early news about the injury, which concerns his left knee, is far from encouraging. Here's what he told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel about his knee following the game:
"When I made the spin move and went up for the layup, as I landed, I just felt some sharp pain go through my knee, under the kneecap more so than anything," he told the Orlando Sentinel after the game. "I just wasn’t sure. I just wanted to go to the back and try to run it off and I couldn’t. I couldn’t get any push off on it.
"So, I don’t know what it is. I’ve looked at it. It’s a little swollen right now, so it’s really hard to tell. I’ll get it evaluated tomorrow."
With Carter unavailable, the Magic rotated J.J. Redick, Mickael Pietrus, and Quentin Richardson at the wing positions for the game's closing moments. He finished with a final line of 8 points on 2-of-6 shooting, with 5 personal fouls, in 17 minutes.
Carter has appeared in each of Orlando's 13 games this season. He ranks third on the team in scoring (13.9 points per game) and fourth in True Shooting (58.5 percent).
The Magic will not practice Tuesday. They next take the court Wednesday night when they host the Miami Heat.