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Steve Clifford released from hospital, cleared to return to the Magic

Clifford, who exited Friday’s game with an illness, was diagnosed with dehydration

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Orlando Magic Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Cliff will be back on the sideline for Sunday’s game.

Steve Clifford left the Magic’s 132-118 win over the Timberwolves on Friday during the third quarter after falling ill, with Ty Corbin taking over in his absence. Clifford was examined in the locker room and sent to a local hospital for further evaluation. With few details available at the time, there was great concern for Clifford.

It came as a huge relief when the Magic announced at 1:41 a.m. that Clifford left the game due to dizziness and diagnosed with dehydration. He has been cleared to return to the Magic.

“He’s a big part of this team, obviously,” Aaron Gordon told reporters after the game. “He’s really the heart and soul. To see him leave the sidelines, it’s really tough. I could feel it in how we started playing. A little bit more disorganized, a little more chaotic without him. His health comes first. We’re looking out for him. We’e praying for him. We hope he returns safely and is healthy because that’s a huge part of our team....At the end of the day this is just a game. Coach Cliff, he’s a friend, he’s a coach, he’s a mentor. To see somebody having a little bit of trouble, it’s bigger than basketball. Im glad we could just get the win for him and move on, and we just hope that he’s OK.”