Orlando Magic forward Hedo Türkoğlu is making progress as he works to get back into game shape, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. "My hand's about to be 100 percent soon," the 33-year-old said in reference to his left hand, which he broke in Orlando's season-opener on November 2nd. "So I feel more confidence and, hopefully, that will carry on for my playing, too."
According to Robbins, "it's unclear" when Türkoğlu might return to game action, "but it seems that time is nearing."
Türkoğlu missed 28 games in order to recover from the broken hand, and then returned to Orlando's lineup in a reserve role on December 29th. However, his conditioning had deteriorated during his time on the sidelines, and after an ineffective five-game return, he and the Magic mutually agreed it'd be best for him to take more time to regain his strength and conditioning.
With Türkoğlu sidelined for much of the season, Orlando has started Arron Afflalo, Maurice Harkless, DeQuan Jones, and Josh McRoberts at small forward, each with varying degrees of success. The Magic have won just twice in their last 17 games, and the losing is taking its toll on Türkoğlu, who has been with the Magic for eight seasons of his 13-year career. "It's been painful, man," he told the Sentinel.