CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Glen Davis will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot, and Orlando Magic officials expect him to miss eight to 12 weeks, leaving his return by the end of the season in serious doubt.
Davis suffered the injury during the fourth minute of Wednesday night’s loss to the New York Knicks. As the Magic ran down the court to transition into their offense, Davis appeared to step on one of Iman Shumpert’s feet.
The 6-foot-9 power forward will have a screw inserted into his foot to stabilize the bone and promote healing.
“I feel really bad for the guy,” shooting guard J.J. Redick said after the Magic finished practice this afternoon at Harvard University. “I know he’s had high expectations for himself and for this team this season, and he’s had a rough go of it. I feel bad for him.”
The Magic have lost 18 of their last 20 games. That stretch includes a 10-game losing streak that started immediately after Davis dislocated his left shoulder.
In the short-term, Davis' injury all but obliterates his trade value as the league's trade deadline looms on Feb. 21.
It also means the Magic's struggles seem more likely to continue, which, in turn, would enhance the team's chances of winning the NBA draft lottery.
Davis ranks fourth on the Magic in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game, and second in rebounding, averaging 7.2 boards per game.
About 10½ weeks remain in Magic's season.
Given the estimate team officials provided today, and given that the Magic are well out of the playoff hunt, it seems unlikely that he'll play before the end of the season.
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun