When Jalen Suggs missed Tuesday’s 94-90 home win against the Golden State Warriors for the fourth straight year with a bruised right ankle, questions naturally arose about his status for the remainder of the season.
Suggs has sat out six of the last nine games with a right ankle injury – the bruised bone or sprain he has been struggling with for most of the month.
With nine games remaining in 19 days after Tuesday, including Wednesday’s away game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, some teams in the Magic’s position may consider shutting down Suggs to ensure he is fully healthy before off-season training.
But Magic coach Jamahl Mosley made it clear that Suggs, the No. 5 in last year’s draft and healthy enough to play, will feature on the court.
“He and I just had a very good conversation about his competitive nature and what he wants to do,” Mosley said ahead of Tuesday’s tip. “For this young man, playing is what he loves to do most. In these situations, he loves being with his teammates the most. We focus on his health, which is obviously the most important thing. If he’s healthy, we’ll have him on the pitch ready to play.”
With Suggs out, the Magic finished Tuesday’s six home games with a 3-3 record after coming back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Wendell Carter Jr. (19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 8 rebounds) hit a free-throw line jumper to give the Magic an 86-85 lead with 1:43 remaining after taking the largest were behind for part of the second half.
After Andrew Wiggins’ 3-pointer 40 seconds later, Mo Bamba (7 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks) hit a 3 to give Orlando an 89-88 lead by 52 seconds.
The Magic got the stop on the ensuing possession and Klay Thompson fouled Franz Wagner (18 points on 6-of-9 shooting) on a 3-point try by 13 seconds, with Wagner making three free throws every three.
After allowing a layup from Jordan Poole (game high 26 points), Wagner sealed the win with a dunk from a sideline play out of bounds with 6 1/2 seconds left. Cole Anthony finished the tournament with 14 points (5 of 12), 5 assists and 5 rebounds.
Suggs has not participated in the last two practices (Saturday and Monday) and has yet to make progress in his individual work on the pitch.
Mosley didn’t rule out Suggs for Wednesday, adding that he will be traveling.
“In the future we’ll see how he continues to respond as we ramp him up, but there’s no timeline,” Mosley said. “We’ll see how he reacts to that [Tuesday’s] Workouts and kind of from there.”
The Magic will already be against the Thunder without Markle Fultz in what will be their final back-to-back.
Fultz has a 16-20 minute limit and has not played in back-to-back games since returning in late February after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Orlando on Tuesday morning signed Jeff Dowtin to a 10-day contract, who was with the Magic in the preseason before being waived to bolster his guard depth for the month.
Dowtin’s 10-day contract expires on March 31. With the Magic having 10 days left in their season after that, Orlando can sign Dowtin on a second standard 10-day contract to keep him on the roster until the end of the season.
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