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Arron Afflalo injury: Magic swingman to sit against Knicks

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A strained left calf will once again sideline Orlando's leading scorer.

Arron Afflalo
Arron Afflalo
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The Orlando Magic will be without starting small forward Arron Afflalo on Wednesday night when they face the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, reports John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com. A strained left calf also sidelined Afflalo for Monday's loss to the Brooklyn Nets and for the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss against the Detroit Pistons.

Rookie forward Maurice Harkless, a Queens native and St. John's product, will likely start in Afflalo's place. In a breakout performance, Harkless tallied 16 points, four rebounds, two assists, and three steals on Monday.

In his first season with the Magic, Afflalo is averaging 16.7 points in 36.7 minutes, shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 34.6 percent on three-pointers. In two prior meetings with the Knicks in 2012/13, Afflalo has averaged 21 points on 50 percent shooting and 57.1 percent shooting from three-point range.

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