Tobias Harris might return soon to the Orlando Magic's playing rotation.
Harris, who has been hampered by a high-ankle sprain since October, participated in the team's practice Thursday.
It's possible he'll play when the Magic host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night at Amway Center.
"It feels better," Harris said before the Magic practiced on Thursday.
"It'll be good to get practicing today and get back to being healthy and being out there on the floor and being with the guys. So, today would be a good step and, hopefully, tomorrow I can play if everything goes well. Taking the right steps in the right direction is the thing for us as a team."
The high-ankle sprain has forced Harris to sit out 21 of Orlando's 22 regular-season games.
He played on Nov. 24, but his lower left leg felt sore after that. Coach Jacque Vaughn planned to start him alongside center Nik Vucevic and power forward Glen Davis on Nov. 26 against the Atlanta Hawks, but Harris was scratched from that game because of the continued pain.
A second medical opinion confirmed the original diagnosis of a high-ankle sprain, and Harris joined the team midway through its recently completed road trip. During the trip, he continued to do physical therapy for his leg.
"We'll continue to assess him and see how he feels," Vaughn said before practice Thursday.
Prepping for the Cavs
After a disappointing start to their season, the Cavaliers have rebounded lately by winning four of their last five games.
The return of center Andrew Bynum from injury has helped, but third-year point guard Kyrie Irving continues to be the focus of the Cavaliers' offense.
"[They're] a very well-coached team," Vaughn said.
"They play extremely hard. This is a team that's going to challenge our pick-and-roll [offense and defense]. They have Bynum back in the middle now, which presents a problem for us. He's playing extremely well. And around Kyrie and his ability to penetrate and get into the lane, they have guys who can one-on-one just flat-out make plays, whether it's [Dion] Waiters or C.J. Miles making shots [or] Jarrett Jack off the bench."
After their 92-83 win over Charlotte on Wednesday, the Magic now hold a 3-0 record this season when they employ a starting lineup of Jameer Nelson, Victor Oladipo, Arron Afflalo, Davis and Vucevic.
"I'm just happy we can get a win," Davis said Thursday. "I think that's what it's all about. You can tell how important each and every guy is on this team and what they do. There's a big difference when Vooch is playing in the game and how we're controlling the boards and how it just opens up for everybody else."
According to the NBA's official statistics database, that quintet has played a total of 39 minutes together this season. In that time, they've scored an average of 89.8 points per 100 possessions and have limited opponents to 93.9 points per 100 possessions.
Overall, the Magic have scored 99.0 points per 100 possessions and allowed 102.8 points per 100 possessions.
Voting results released
On Thursday, the NBA released the first set of All-Star Game balloting results.
No Magic player was among the top-15 frontcourt vote-getters, and no Magic player was among the top-10 backcourt vote-getters.
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