Magic’s Paolo Banchero will miss 4th consecutive game with sprained ankle – The Denver Post


Orlando Magic rookie forward Paolo Banchero (sprained left ankle) won’t be available for tonight’s homestand-ending matchup vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves (6-8), which will tip off at 7 p.m. at Amway Center.

Banchero, who’ll miss his fourth consecutive game because of the injury, didn’t go through the morning shootaround or practice Tuesday

Mosley has said Banchero’s status is day-to-day.

Banchero practiced Saturday, with Mosley saying, “He went through all the drills we put forth for him.”

He was a game-time decision ahead of Monday’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets before being ruled out two hours before tipoff.

When asked if Banchero experienced soreness after going through those Saturday drills, Mosley responded, “yeah, I think guys really do respond differently to what they’re going through with the rehab side of things.”

“That’s why we always talk about not putting timelines on things,” Mosley added. “Guys respond differently as they go through things. This being his first real ankle injury for a young guy, we want to make sure we’re going about it the right way and the smart way as he goes through his rehab.”

Banchero, the No. 1 pick in June’s draft, was originally added to the team’s evening injury report on Nov. 8 after rolling the ankle on a drive to the basket with 2:51 remaining in the home loss to the Houston Rockets on Nov. 7.

He is averaging a team-high 23.5 points, which is the most among rookies, to go with 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 34.6 minutes (11 games).

Starting center Wendell Carter Jr., who was added to the injury report Tuesday evening because of strained right plantar fascia (soft tissue under the foot), didn’t go through this morning’s shootaround.

He was listed as questionable on the team’s 12:30 p.m. injury report.

“We’re going to reevaluate and assess Wendell as we go through the morning and get some treatment,” Mosley said. “Guys responded differently to treatment, different situations. That’s how we have to continue to look at it.”

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.

This story will be updated.

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