Magic rookie Paolo Banchero upgraded to questionable vs. Suns – The Denver Post


Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero could play in Friday’s home game vs. the Phoenix Suns after sitting for Wednesday’s win over the Dallas Mavericks because of a sprained left ankle.

He was listed as questionable on the team’s Thursday evening injury report.

The Magic ruled out Banchero pregame vs. the Mavericks after he suffered the injury in Monday’s 134-127 loss to the Houston Rockets at Amway Center.

“He’ll be day-to-day,” coach Jamahl Mosley said. “He’s moving around a little bit but probably more sore than anything.”

Banchero, the No. 1 pick in June’s draft, was originally added to the team’s evening injury report on Tuesday, listed as questionable until two hours before tipoff.

He rolled the ankle on a drive to the basket with 2:51 remaining against the Rockets.

Banchero did finish Monday’s game, recording 30 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 12 of 14 on free throws to go with 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes.

He’s averaging a team-high 23.5 points, which also is the most among rookies, to go with 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 34.6 minutes.

Two-way guard Kevon Harris, who also missed Wednesday’s win, was listed as questionable because of a left rib contusion.

Cole Anthony (torn right internal oblique), Markelle Fultz (fractured left big toe), Gary Harris (left knee injury recovery), Jonathan Isaac (left knee injury recovery) and Moe Wagner (sprained right midfoot) remain sidelined.

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