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Orlando Magic two-guard Jason Richardson is likely to miss at least the team's next three games due to a sprained left ankle he suffered late in Thursday's 99-94 victory against the Chicago Bulls, coach Stan Van Gundy said Saturday, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.
Orlando is set to host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday and the Miami Heat on Tuesday, and then visit the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Assuming Richardson missed only those three games, he could return to the lineup Friday against the New Jersey Nets.
Richardson, 31, is averaging 12.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and two assists per game for the Magic during the 2011/12 season and has started in each of his 33 appearances. His absence will once again thrust J.J. Redick into the starting lineup. In his nine starts this season, Redick has averaged 13.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting from the field and a blistering 55.8 percent from three-point range.
Quentin Richardson and DeAndre Liggins figure to see increased minutes during Jason Richardson's absence. If healthy, Von Wafer could also see his role increase. The Magic have deactivated Wafer in each of the last two games due to a sore shoulder.