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Steve Clifford falls ill during game, taken to hospital

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Clifford exited during the third quarter of the Magic’s game in Minnesota

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Magic coach Steve Clifford left Friday’s game after falling ill and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

During the third quarter, Clifford went to the locker room, where he was initially evaluated. Assistant coach Ty Corbin took over in Clifford’s absence.

“He just came over and said, ‘You’re going to have to take it,’ and I didn’t really know what it meant until I saw him walk off,” Corbin told reporters after the game. “It was kind of a shocker. But we’re praying that he’s well.”

Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Clifford was then taken for further evaluation for precautionary reasons.

In addition to the stents, Clifford missed time during the 2017-2018 season while coaching Charlotte because of severe headaches related to sleep deprivation. No need for speculation as to what it could be related to, we’ll wait for official word from the team.

Prayers up for Coach Cliff. Hoping this is nothing more than a precautionary measure and he’ll be back on the sideline for the Magic’s match-up with the Rockets on Sunday.