On Tuesday, Orlando Magic forward Chuma Okeke returned from a 16-game absence and produced a occupation-excessive 10 points during a 123-108 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
The Magic introduced forward of the commence of the contest that Okeke would be out there to play after previously suffering a left knee bone bruise. Magic head coach Steve Clifford acknowledged Okeke would log 12-14 minutes, and the rookie finished with 18 minutes in the loss.
“I think on each ends, clearly, he was terrific for a man that hasn’t played for some time,” Clifford acknowledged after the sport. “He had an infinite first half. He additionally does many of the dinky things. He’s amazingly easy, excessive IQ, and now now not having him has been a hit for our crew. It’s apt to derive him abet.”
With Okeke abet, the Magic got a huge enhance to the lineup with Aaron Gordon out 4-6 weeks with a extreme ankle sprain. Okeke in most cases played behind Gordon forward of his injury, and his addition will serve bear a main gap on the floor.
After missing over a month of movement, Okeke was joyful to be abet on the floor.
“It felt staunch apt,” Okeke acknowledged. “It continuously feels apt to play a sport that I delight in and had been playing for see you later. I genuine felt contented out there and I genuine thank God for letting me hold a entire, healthy game. Everything felt apt.”
Sadly, the return of Okeke was perchance essentially the most straight forward optimistic for the Magic.
Orlando gave up a occupation-excessive 54 points to Fred VanVleet, who went 11-of-14 from 3-point vary. His 54 points are essentially the most by an undrafted participant in NBA history, topping the 53 points scored by Moses Malone in 1982, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Magic hold now misplaced four games in a row and hold long past genuine 2-12 since starting off the season with a 6-2 story. The crew has dealt with a plethora of main injuries to key gamers and has struggled to gain consistency on the court.