Orlando Magic big man Nikola Vucevic has a right knee bone bruise and will miss Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors, the Magic announced Thursday. It’s unclear when Vucevic will return to the court, as that’ll depend on how his knee responds to treatment.
This actually isn’t bad news for Vucevic and the Magic, because the injury initially seemed worse than it turned out to be. The big man hurt the knee in the second half of Orlando’s 114-109 loss to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
Vucevic, 25, has gotten off to a solid start to the season, although his scoring and rebounding numbers are a bit down from last year. He averaged about 19 and 11 last year, and he’s at 15.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game this year on 51.5 percent from the field.
Vucevic is taking less shots thus far and his minutes are slightly down, but his 2.4 blocks per game are a nice surprise. He’s only blocked a shot a game once in his career.