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Jonathan Isaac appears to reinjure knee, helped off court

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Prayers up for JI

NBA: Sacramento Kings at Orlando Magic Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Isaac, playing in just his second regular season game after suffering a knee injury on New Years Day, appeared to reinjure the knee on Sunday against the Kings.

While driving down the lane, Isaac planted awkwardly causing his heavily-braced left knee to buckle. Isaac immediately collapsed to the floor in pain, grasping his left knee.

After being tended to by the medical staff, Isaac was helped off the court on a wheelchair.

The Magic had taken a cautious approach to Isaac’s return for the restart. When Isaac initially injured the knee on Jan. 1, he was expected to be reevaluated in six to eight weeks. The injury was treated with rest and rehab, with Isaac ultimately doing two-a-days to work his way back. Still, Isaac’s availability remained in question in the days leading up to the restart scrimmages, nearly seven months after suffering the injury.

Isaac made his return in the Magic’s final scrimmage and was in All-Star form, with 13 points and seven rebounds in seven minutes, generating excitement around the organization. He came off the bench in the Magic’s seeding game opener, tallying 16 points and six rebounds in 16 minutes. Isaac played 15 minutes before suffering the injury in the fourth quarter of the Magic’s 132-116 win over the Kings, placing a dark cloud over what had been one of the Magic’s best performances of the season.

Hoping for the best for JI.

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