Magic’s Paolo Banchero (ankle) sits vs. Suns for 2nd consecutive absence – The Denver Post


Rookie forward Paolo Banchero missed his second consecutive game Friday because of a sprained left ankle in the Orlando Magic’s home game vs. the Phoenix Suns.

He was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report before being ruled out two hours before tipoff.

“We don’t really do timelines [for returns],” coach Jamahl Mosley said. “He’s going to continue to stay day-to-day for us.”

Banchero, the No. 1 pick in June’s draft, was originally added to the team’s evening injury report on Tuesday.

He originally suffered the injury in Monday’s 134-127 loss to the Houston Rockets at Amway Center, rolling the ankle on a drive to the basket with 2:51 remaining.

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 also missed Wednesday’s win over the Dallas Mavericks, which was his first absence.

Banchero’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 available Friday after being 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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