SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Arron Afflalo injured his right foot during the Orlando Magic’s 103-83 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
Precautionary X-rays on his foot and ankle revealed no fractures, Afflalo said.
But he was limping badly when he returned to the Magic’s postgame locker room, and it seems highly unlikely that he’ll play when the Magic face the Denver Nuggets in Denver on Saturday night.
“It doesn’t worry me,” Afflalo said after his X-rays. “But I definitely want to be healthy and I need to get back to playing at a high level to help the team, as we all do. I always tell guys, ‘If you can play, get out there and play. If you’re going to [play halfway], sit down and recover.’
“I’ll just be honest with myself. I don’t want to be a tough man and really hurt the team.”
Afflalo suffered the injury midway through the third quarter when he sprinted down the court on a fastbreak and missed a layup. At first, he said, he thought he twisted his ankle. But as he continued to play, he felt a burning sensation in his foot.
Afflalo continued to play, and he even played 3 minutes, 18 seconds in the fourth quarter.
Afflalo is the Magic’s leading scorer, averaging 20.8 points per game.
“I’m sure I’ll be all right,” he said. “Nothing crazy.”
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