As the Orlando Magic welcomed one player back from injury Saturday night, another player was out of commission.
Reserve big man Kyle O'Quinn sat out against the Dallas Mavericks because of a sprained right ankle while Solomon Jones, another reserve center and power forward, played for the first time after he missed seven games because of torn knee cartilage.
Jones checked into Saturday's game with 1:09 remaining in the first quarter.
O'Quinn played in each of Orlando's first nine games, but he turned his ankle during Wednesday's win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Armstrong, Carter honored
The Magic honored Mavericks assistant coach Darrell Armstrong and Mavericks swingman Vince Carter with a video tribute during a timeout midway through in the first quarter.
Armstrong, one of the most popular players in franchise history, played nine seasons for the Magic from 1994-95 through 2002-03, and averaged 11.7 points per game during his tenure.
"I'm always excited to come back," Armstrong said before tipoff. "My energy is always pretty good every day in practice and games, but when I come back here, it's double the energy. It's double the spirit. For nine years, I played here and enjoyed basketball and enjoyed being in the community."
Magic coach Jacque Vaughn was Armstrong's teammate during Armstrong's final season in Orlando.
"He was full of energy," Vaughn said. "I loved him as a teammate. We always speak every time we see each other."
Carter, who grew up in Daytona Beach and lives in Orlando during the offseason, played the 2009-10 season for the Magic and was traded during the 2010-11 season.
Jameer Nelson is the only player on the Magic roster who was a teammate with Carter in Orlando.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun