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Jason Richardson's injury (the flip side of the coin)

John Denton:


Magic veteran shooting guard Jason Richardson sprained his left knee in the third quarter and hobbled off the court and to the locker room.

Richardson had just scooped up a loose ball and as he was trying to spin and get the ball ahead to a streaking Turkoglu, Richardson began grabbing at his knee...

Richardson will have a MRI today. 

``I thought I bumped knees, but I didn't have that pain and soreness,'' Richardson said. ``It was more that I couldn't push off. I've never had this. It kind of does (worry him), but I'm a positive person, so hopefully I'll just get some rest and it's nothing serious.''

The flip side of this setback is that it looks like we will get a good look at JJ Redick in the starting role. This test won't give a clear picture because he won't be facing any elite scorers in next week's scheduled "back to back to back". Redick will match up with Landry Fields (NY) on Monday, Gerald Henderson (CHA) on Tuesday and because Ginoblii is hurt - he will face Gary Neal (SA) on Wednesday.

If Jason Richardson is still out, his biggest test will come on Friday against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. Last night Ellis torched us. Even though he blurs past everyone, Monte had a pretty resistance free path to the Magic interior defense all night.

Richardson injury will also give Van Gundy a much closer look at Von Wafer. Given Von Wafer's speed and size he seems to have the physical tools to be a competent defender. Though he has yet play in consistent minutes, his defense thus far has not stood out as horrible. Hopefully SVG can, as he has in others, develop that talent out of Von Wafer's natural physical gifts.

This FanPost was made by a member of the Orlando Pinstriped Post community, and is to be treated as the opinions and views of its author, not that of the blogger or blog community as a whole.

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