Fortunately for the Orlando Magic, the left-ankle injury Nik Vucevic suffered Friday night against the Washington Wizards wasn't as severe as it looked.
Early in the third quarter, Vucevic set a screen above the arc for Jameer Nelson. But Vucevic wasn't stationary as he set his screen, and when Wizards point guard John Wall raced behind Vucevic, Wall accidentally clipped the inside of Vucevic's left leg, which was planted on the court.
Vucevic's ankle turned gruesomely inward, and pain immediately shot through the joint, prompting Vucevic to hop for a few moments on his right leg before he sat on Amway Center's parquet court.
But, as awful as the injury looked, Vucevic remained in the game and logged a total of 37 minutes.
"It's OK," Vucevic said after the game ended. "It's a little sore. It's hurting a little bit. I'll get some treatment right now."
It was the third time this season that Vucevic has hurt that ankle.
On Dec. 2, against the Wizards at Verizon Center, he hurt his ankle when he stepped on the leg of a courtside video cameraman. Vucevic missed the next four games.
On Dec. 31, he reinjured the ankle against the Golden State Warriors and missed the next two games.
Vucevic was asked whether he thinks the prior sprains have created some lingering weakness in his ankle.
"I just think it's a play that happens," Vucevic answered. "It's not like I sprained it by myself to where it could be because of [weakness]. I've done actually a lot of stuff on it to make it stronger. I think if it wasn't as strong, it probably would be even worse than it is actually right now."
Vucevic finished the game against Washington with eight points and 12 rebounds, snapping his streak of eight consecutive double-doubles.
The Magic did not practice Saturday, and it's unclear whether he'll practice when the team reconvenes Sunday morning at Amway Center or whether he'll be able to play when the Magic face the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night in Oakland, Calif.
The second 10-day contracts of swingman Adonis Thomas and center Dewayne Dedmon will expire at 11:59 p.m. Sunday night.
Team officials have decided they won't sign Thomas for the remainder of the season.
As of Saturday morning, a decision had not been made about Dedmon's future with the team.
A team may sign a player to two 10-day contracts during a single season. Once the second 10-day contact expires, the team can either sign the player for the remainder of the season or let him return to the free-agent pool.
A pair of Magic players will appear at Orlando Fashion Square mall's basketball court Sunday afternoon, and the public is invited to attend the event to take photos, receive autographs and participate in basketball drills.
Forward Tobias Harris is scheduled to appear from 3-4 p.m., while Vucevic is scheduled to appear from 4-5 p.m.
Orlando Magic Dancers also will attend the event.
The mall is located at 3201 E. Colonial Drive.
• The 105-101 loss to the Wizards dropped the Magic's record this season in overtime games to 1-5.
• The Magic will leave for their four-game West Coast road trip on Monday.
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