Turkoglu broke the hand Nov. 2 and underwent surgery the next day. Although he played in five Magic games from Dec. 29 through Jan. 7, his hand continued to bother him, and he felt it hindered his play. He has missed Orlando’s last eight games as he's waited for his hand to improve.
“I’m feeling much better,” Turkoglu said today. “My hand’s about to be 100 percent soon, so I feel more confidence and, hopefully, that will carry on for my playing, too. So far, I’ve been doing whatever it takes to put myself in the best situation I can. I’m just trying to wait for that situation and hopefully soon that will happen and I’ll be 100 percent.”
Turkoglu said he’s also made strides lately with his conditioning, which deteriorated in the two months after his injury.
It’s unclear when the 33-year-old small forward will play again, but it seems that time is nearing.
The Magic have lost 15 of their last 17 games, and he said it’s been tough to watch from the sidelines.
“It’s been painful, man,” Turkoglu said. “I’ve been in the league for 13 years, and this is the first time I’ve missed this many games in my career. So this is the most frustrating year for me.”
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