X-rays revealed no fractures, and Isaac said the latest injury to his tender ankle is not as serious as the ankle sprain he suffered on Nov. 11, an ankle sprain that forced him to miss 17 consecutive games.
"I'm going to be fine," Isaac said after the 112-94 loss in Chicago. "It's not even close to what it was the first time. It's just a little tweak. So I'm OK."
Now, the bad news.
Any setback for the 20-year-old is unwelcome, and sometimes it's difficult to determine an injury's severity in the hours immediately after it occurs. When Isaac first sprained his ankle in mid-November, he indicated he didn't think it was serious and left open the possibility that he would play in the Magic's subsequent game.
Isaac has appeared in 14 of the team's 32 games. Team officials want him to develop by receiving minutes, and coach Frank Vogel values Isaac's impact on the defensive end of the court. But at the same time, the Magic appear strongly disinclined to push Isaac too hard, too quickly and risk him injuring him further, especially in the midst of a disintegrating season.
Frank Vogel discusses the Orlando Magic's 112-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls in this postgame video
The Magic haven't released their injury report yet for Friday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Amway Center.
On Wednesday night, in Isaac's second game back following his initial injury, Magic officials planned to limit him to around 20 minutes of playing time.