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Glen Davis hyperextended his right knee in the Orlando Magic's 100-84 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday and "probably" won't be available Monday when Orlando hosts the Philadelphia 76ers, coach Stan Van Gundy said, according to John Denton of the Magic's official website. Davis banged knees with Cavaliers center Samardo Samuels while trying to put up a shot just seven minutes into Sunday's game, which he started at center in place of Orlando All-Star Dwight Howard.
Davis' injury finally allowed rookie center Daniel Orton to play substantial minutes for the first time in his career. Against the Cavs, Orton tallied 11 points, four boards, five steals, and three blocked shots in 29 minutes. He entered the game having logged 44 minutes in 10 career appearances.
Starting in place of Ryan Anderson, and then Howard, enabled Davis to play heavy minutes in a featured role. It's unclear how long Orlando won't have the former Louisiana State Tiger available. "I don't have any prognosis on him or any idea of when he'll be back," Van Gundy said. Barring an unusually quick recovery, Davis will miss Monday's game against Philly, which could allow Orton or Earl Clark to earn their first start at the NBA level.
Orlando is already missing Howard and starting small forward Hedo Turkoglu (facial surgery). Neither is expected to return until the playoffs begin.