Magic to be cautious with Gordon following concussion
NBA.com Global on Dec 10, 2017 08:02 AM
FILE - PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 17: Aaron Gordon #00 of the Orlando Magic goes to the basket against the Phoenix Suns on March 17, 2017 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Emerging as a 40-percent three-point shooter and one of the league's most versatile power forwards, Aaron Gordon is a Most Improved Player candidate. And his ascension had the Orlando Magic off to a 8-4 start this season.
But Orlando has gone 3-12 since those first 12 games and is now dealing with a slew of injuries. In their loss to Denver on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), the Magic were missing Evan Fournier (ankle), Terrence Ross (knee) and Jonathan Isaac (ankle). And in the third quarter, they lost Gordon to a concussion.
As the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins writes, teammate Nikola Vucevic wants Gordon to proceed with caution:
When Orlando Magic players returned to their Amway Center locker room following a loss Friday night, Nikola Vucevic sought out teammate Aaron Gordon.
Gordon had suffered a concussion midway through the third quarter, with the Denver Nuggets already on their way to a 103-89 victory.
Vucevic, who had endured two concussions during his Magic tenure, felt compelled to remind Gordon that concussions are serious.
"You don't play through that," Vucevic recalled telling Gordon. "It's something you don't want to mess with. That's your brain. It controls everything. So I told him make sure it's 100 percent before he comes back. It's not like an ankle where you can play through soreness. With this, you cannot risk it at all."