AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Ryan Anderson already has been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons, and if I had to guess, I would say he won’t play Thursday night, when the Magic host the New York Knicks.

Anderson left The Palace of Auburn Hills following shootaround today wearing a walking boot to protect his sprained right ankle.

“I feel good, I feel better,” Anderson said. “It’s still swollen and there’s still bruising and discoloration. But it’s getting better. It’s feeling better each day. It still looks like a softball.”

Anderson suffered the injury late in the Magic’s loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night.

In Dec. 2010, he missed nine games because of a sprain in the middle of his right foot. In Nov. 2009, he missed four games because of a right-ankle sprain.

“It was a pretty good sprain, but it’s in a good place,” Anderson said. “So it’s not one that’s going to linger on like my previous ankle injuries.”

Turk talk
If Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson do not play tonight, it means Hedo Turkoglu will have to show off his versatility.

Coach Stan Van Gundy said Turkoglu could play point guard, his regular position of small forward and power forward tonight.

Layups
Ben Gordon will return for the Pistons tonight, but starting point guard Rodney Stuckey will not play, reports The Detroit News’ Vincent Goodwill.

• Tonight’s referees will be James Capers, Eric Dalen and Sean Wright.

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