The Orlando Magic received a scare Thursday night when starting shooting guard Jason Richardson banged knees with Golden State Warriors big man David Lee and fell to the floor in obvious pain. Though he managed to secure a loose ball after the collision, Richardson had trouble putting weight on his left leg afterwards, and Orlando almost had to give a foul in order to take him out of the game. He did not return; J.J. Redick and Von Wafer filled in for Richardson during his absence.
"It was more that I couldn't push off," Richardson said of the injury, according to John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com. "I've never had this."
The team performed an MRI on Richardson's knee Friday, which revealed a bone bruise but no structural damage, reports the Orlando Sentinel. The Magic list him as day-to-day.
Richardson, who inked a new four-year contract with the Magic prior to this season, stands as the team's fifth-leading scorer at 11.1 points per game. The 12-year veteran is shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.
The Magic don't play again until Monday, when they take on the New York Knicks in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinée. If Richardson hasn't recovered by then, one presumes Redick would start in his place. In 19 spot-starts over the last three seasons, Redick has fared well, averaging 11.7 points in 33.9 minutes while converting 39.6 percent of his three-point tries.