Starting center Nik Vucevic sat out his third consecutive game when the Orlando Magic hosted the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
Vucevic has a sore left Achilles' tendon, he and the Magic say.
"He did do some court work yesterday, but he's not where he'd like to be, and where we want him, to put him back on the floor," coach Jacque Vaughn said.
The Magic entered the night with a 3-17 record in games Vucevic has missed this season.
"I'm feeling better," Vucevic said. "I'm just doing different stuff for rehab, whatever you can do to make it better. It's getting better.
" We'll take it day-by-day and we'll take it from there.
"It's kind of annoying," he said later. "But it's a part of being an athlete sometimes. You have to deal with injuries. All I can do is just make it right and get it back healthy to where I can come back on the court and help my team. It's frustrating. But there's nothing I can do about it now but to make it healthy."
Five games remain in the Magic's season.
Asked if he anticipates playing before the season ends on April 16, Vucevic answered, "I think I'll be able to play by the end of the season. That's the goal, so we'll see. We'll go day-by-day."
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