Bad news for Orlando — Glen Davis breaks his foot in the first few minutes of action against the New York Knicks, putting the team’s most reliable forward out indefinitely.
Davis broke his foot just 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the action on Wednesday night. He scored the Magic’s first basket before being pulled, and The Associated Press noted that it wasn’t clear how he suffered the injury.
“It’s really unfortunate, because I know he looked forward to this year,” coach Jacque Vaughn said. “[It's] new territory for him. So it’s really unfortunate for him to be hurt this year multiple times, but it’s a good test for him going forward.”
To make matters worse, the Magic were rolled by the Knicks, 113-97, sending Orlando to its seventh consecutive loss.
”You never want to see a teammate injured,” Orlando guard JJ Redick said after the game. ”We have played without him before and we just have to continue to roll with the punches, and guys are going to have to step up.”
Davis left New York to return to Orlando during the game, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He will be examined in Central Florida, and team officials will decide whether he needs surgery once the grasp the severity of the injury.
The Magic were already shorthanded even before Glen Davis broke his foot. The team’s leading scorer, Aaron Afflalo, missed the game with a strained left calf.
News that Glen Davis breaks his foot means that the Magic will likely return to rookie forward Andrew Nicholson, who started when Davis missed a stretch earlier this season. Though Nicholson has looked sharp in stretches, he will now be tasked with helping to make up the 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds Davis was averaging through 40 games.