PHILADELPHIA — Center Nik Vucevic missed a game for the first time this season when the Orlando Magic played the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.
Vucevic suffered a sprained left ankle when he drifted over the baseline and stepped on a cameraman's foot with about nine minutes to go in the third quarter of Monday night's loss in Washington.
"I think it's truly day-to-day depending on how it reacts to treatment and all that," Vucevic said Tuesday. "But it's not bad. It didn't swell up a lot. It's not too sore. It's sore and it hurts a little bit, but it's nothing major."
Jacque Vaughn was frustrated to see Vucevic get hurt.
"These guys are strong, they're athletic, they play with force," Vaughn said. "They're trying to finish plays, and a lot of times, your focus is on the rim and where the ball is going and it's not where you're landing. So, it's a tough environment in each arena."
Jameer Nelson missed his third consecutive game because of a sprained left foot.
A second medical opinion on Tobias Harris' injured lower left leg confirmed the prior diagnosis of a high-ankle sprain, Magic officials said Tuesday.
His return date remains unclear. Team officials said Harris' return to the court will be determined by how the injury responds to treatment.
Harris has played in one game this regular season. He aggravated his leg on Oct. 20 and made his season debut on Nov. 24. He was scheduled to start Orlando's game on Nov. 26, but he was scratched from the lineup when he felt discomfort in his leg.
That setback prompted him to receive a second MRI and a second opinion.
High-ankle sprains can be tricky.
The National Athletic Trainers' Association defines a high-ankle sprain as "an injury to ... the fibrous tissue that stabilizes the two bones of the shin."
Harris isn't on the Magic's six-game road trip.
Oladipo praises MCW
Victor Oladipo sees marked improvement in Michael Carter-Williams' game.
The two leading candidates for 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year honors played against each other once in college, once in the Orlando Pro Summer League and last week when Oladipo's Magic beat Carter-Williams' Sixers 105-94.
"He's more confident, definitely," Oladipo said. "He's very poised out there, as well. He's gotten a lot better. Through the draft process, we built a relationship, so it's always fun to be competitive and go against your friend."
After some stellar performances to begin this season — including a near triple-double in a early season win over the Miami Heat — Carter-Williams has come back to earth a bit. He entered Tuesday night's game averaging 17.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 3.4 turnovers per game.
Carter-Williams was shooting 39.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.
"He's really a better shooter than people give him credit for," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said before June's draft.
"His release is pretty good; he works hard at it. If he was a really good shooter, he'd be a top-two or top-three pick. I think he could be a really good shooter. He's not there yet, but I think he will be."
Oladipo's and Carter-Williams' alma maters faced off Tuesday night, when Indiana played Syracuse in an Big Ten/ACC Challenge game at the Carrier Dome.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun