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Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac aren’t playing Thursday...and fans are angry about it

The Magic’s frontcourt duo will sit out against the Jazz because of “soreness”

2018 NBA Summer League - Las Vegas - Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Those that were looking forward to watching Mo Bamba and Jonathan Isaac play on Thursday are in for a disappointment.

Neither will play.

It’s an odd decision considering the fact that the Magic are competing in the first round of the summer league tournament. But what it shows is that winning the summer league championship isn’t a top priority for the Magic, nor should it be. (As we tweeted earlier, can you even remember who won the tournament last season without Googling it?)

The reasoning the Magic gave for holding the two out, though, may seem a bit strange. I mean, how sore can a pair of 20-year-olds really be after a few practices and three games? Holding Isaac out makes more sense considering he is playing full contact for the first time since recovering from his lingering ankle injuries. But Bamba has played a grand total of 52 minutes in three games.

Summer League Playing Time:

Isaac: 29 minutes vs. Nets; 24 minutes vs. Grizzlies; 27 minutes vs. Suns

Bamba: 15 minutes vs. Nets: 15 minutes vs. Grizzlies: 22 minutes vs Suns

The Magic are likely just being cautious with their prized duo. Or maybe they just want to dedicate the playing time to the players who aren’t guaranteed a spot on the roster, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Still, some fans were not happy with the decision, arguing that the more experience Bamba and Isaac get the better, and that other teams didn’t rest their stars, or that they simply were excited to watch them play...

The Magic started Troy Caupain, Melvin Frazier Jr., Wes Iwundu, Khem Birch and Braian Angola-Rodas, With a loss, Orlando will face play a consolation game on Friday. If they win, they’ll advance to Saturday for a single-elimination game.

Either way, curious to see if Bamba and/or Isaac will be back on the court.