clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Nikola Vučević injury: Orlando Magic center "questionable" for Utah Jazz game, according to report

New, comment

Orlando's top player has a sprained back and could miss Friday's game.

Nik Vučević
Nik Vučević
Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Orlando Magic have listed Nik Vučević as "questionable" for Friday's game against the Utah Jazz, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, due to a sprained back. That diagnosis is a new one; the team previously classified the seven-footer's ailment as "back spasms." According to Robbins, the team did not put Vučević through Friday's shootaround.

Vučević has missed Orlando's previous two games, both losses, due to the injury. Kyle O'Quinn has started at center in his place, with Dewayne Dedmon taking on a more prominent role as O'Quinn's backup. As another consequence of Vučević's absence, Channing Frye, the team's starting four-man, has moved to center in some small-ball alignments.

In 19 appearances, Vučević has averaged 18.6 points and 11.7 rebounds, both of which figures lead the Magic. He's added to those averages two assists and a combined 1.8 steals and blocks, making him one of the league's most well-rounded centers.

Tipoff between the Magic and Jazz is set for 9:00 PM Eastern on Fox Sports Florida and ESPN 580 AM in the Orlando market.

Keep up with all of our Magic coverage