Someone somewhere definitely has an Orlando Magic voodoo doll and they are stabbing it repeatedly.
The latest injury victim on the Magic is Aaron Gordon, who reportedly will miss four to six weeks with a severe ankle sprain.
Gordon exited the Magic’s loss to the Raptors on Sunday in the third quarter after rolling his ankle.
He limped to the locker room and was later seen leaving the arena on crutches with his ankle looking severely swollen.
Yeah, he might be out for awhile. pic.twitter.com/UU7Q3jZ98P— Cortez P (@InthemindofCP) February 1, 2021
By losing Gordon for the remainder of the first half of the season, the Magic will now be without three starters, as he joins the sidelined Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac.
The Magic have also been without Michael Carter-Williams, Chuma Okeke and Al-Farouq Aminu for most of or all of the season. That’s in addition to Mo Bamba being available but unavailable, which will only make sense to Magic fans.
Gordon had assumed more ball-handling and playmaking responsibilities after Fultz went down with a torn ACL.
The Magic offense hasn’t exactly thrived under Gordon, but he was averaging 6.2 assists per in the 10 games he’s played since Fultz went down, compared to just 1.9 per in the eight games prior. As a result, Gordon has seen a considerable jump in usage (23.2% up from 20.7 last season) and assist percentage (22.7% up from 17.4% last season).
Until MCW is able to return, Gordon’s absence leaves the Magic with rookie point guard Cole Anthony, and Jordan Bone as their primary ball-handlers, two players who combined have played in 44 career games.
As the losses and injuries continue to mount for the shorthanded Magic, the calls for the team to tank will only grow louder.