The Magic are expected to have one of their two injured starters back on Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets.
Aaron Gordon practiced on Monday after missing two games with a sore left ankle and is expected to suit up for the Magic’s rematch with the Nets, who defeated the Magic 126-121 on Friday. Rookie Jonathan Isaac had been starting in place of Gordon, who had 14 points and nine rebounds in the season-opening win against the Miami Heat.
“Aaron practiced and looked fine,” Magic coach Frank Vogel told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. “So I’m expecting him to play.”
That won’t be the case for point guard Elfrid Payton, who was listed on the Magic’s injury report as out for Tuesday’s game with a strained left hamstring. Payton will miss his second straight game after being unable to play on Saturday in the Magic’s 114-93 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers. D.J. Augustin filled in for Payton, recording a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists.
Even without Payton, a key component and orchestrator in the Magic’s up-tempo offense, Orlando was able to defeat the heavily-favored Cavs handily. The Magic, who as a team are shooting 48 percent from three-point territory, had scored over 110 points in each of the first three games of the season for the first time in franchise history.