Orlando Magic swingman Arron Afflalo missed Wednesday night's game against the Utah Jazz because of an illness, team officials said.
"In a good layman's term, he's 'sick,'" Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said before tipoff. "I talked to our trainer this morning. Instead of getting him around the guys, we sent him to the doctor."
Asked if Afflalo was at Amway Center for the game, Vaughn responded, "He's in quarantine. He's not around the guys. No reason to get everyone else sick."
Afflalo hadn't missed a game this season, and his absence forced the Magic to alter their starting lineup. Tobias Harris received his first start of the season, moving into the lineup at small forward alongside guards Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo, power forward Glen Davis and center Nik Vucevic.
Afflalo, who is averaging 21.6 points per game, had scored in double figures in 24 consecutive Magic games.
"He's been probably our most efficient and consistent player this year from training camp until today," Vaughn said.
Rookies meet again
Oladipo and Trey Burke know each other well.
The two rookies share much in common.
They played college basketball in the Big Ten — Oladipo at Indiana University, Burke at the University of Michigan — and they faced each other four times during their college careers.
They got to know each other off the court last April when they visited Los Angeles for the presentation of the Wooden Award. Burke won the award, narrowly beating out Oladipo, who was the runner-up.
"He was kind of like me coming out of high school," Burke said. "He wasn't really highly recruited. He had to prove himself to everybody. So I'll always have respect for guys like Vic."
Although they're friendly to each other off the court, Oladipo and Burke resumed their on-court competition Wednesday night, when Oladipo's Magic hosted Burke's Jazz.
"I definitely know the way he got to where he's at," Oladipo said. "He definitely had to work hard to get there. He wasn't highly recruited coming out of high school either. So, [I have] much respect for him, and I've always respected his game. Much credit to him, and he has a beautiful family as well."
Burke, a point guard, began Wednesday averaging 12.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.3 turnovers per game. Those are impressive numbers considering that he missed a chunk of October and November as he recovered from a fractured finger.
"He missed that time, so I think it's even more impressive that he kind of seamlessly put his way back into the lineup," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "I think guys respond to the way he's playing, the way he passes the basketball and also his ability to shoot it.
"Overall, I think he's a guy who was probably discounted along the way in his career and plays with a chip on his shoulder. I always feel that's a good thing."
Oladipo, who is making the transition from shooting guard to point guard, was averaging 13.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.5 turnovers per game.
"He's a good young guard: a point guard, a 2-guard," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said of Oladipo. "He's playing with a lot of energy."
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