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Report | Knee injury sidelines Evan Fournier

Raphielle Johnson

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Mar 3, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) drives between Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green (0) and forward Jarell Martin (1) during the fourth quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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The Orlando Magic will be down a starter for Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, as it was reported by Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel that Evan Fournier has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Fournier suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, attempting to play through the injury before leaving the game for good.

“I tried to play on it for a few minutes, but I knew it wasn’t right,” Fournier said after the game according to the Orlando Sentinel. “So we’ll see.”

Currently in his sixth NBA season, Fournier is averaging career highs in both scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (3.2 rpg) while also dishing out 2.9 assists in 32.2 minutes per game. The 6-foot-7 guard/forward is shooting 45.9 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from 3 and 87.6 percent from the foul line, with his effective field-goal percentage of 53.8 percent being an improvement on the 50.8 percent number produced last season.

This is the second time that Fournier has been sidelined due to injury this season, as he missed eight games in December with a sprained ankle suffered during a win over Atlanta on Dec. 6.

With Fournier unavailable for Friday’s game in Sacramento, the Magic can call upon the likes of Arron Afflalo and Wesley Iwundu to absorb some of those minutes. However both have been on the periphery of the team’s rotation for much of this season, with Iwundu averaging 14.0 minutes per game and Afflalo playing 12.6 minutes per game.

Also, Orlando recently signed guard Rodney Purvis, who was with the team’s G League affiliate in Lakeland, to a 10-day contract.

Raphielle has been writing about college sports for more than a decade for multiple outlets, including NBC Sports. Focuses have included game recaps, columns, features and recruiting stories. A native of the Northeast, he now calls Pac-12 country home. Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

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