Earlier than his return in the Orlando Magic’s 120-115 Tuesday residence win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, there have been days when Jalen Suggs frightened he wouldn’t return earlier than the season ended.
Suggs missed the earlier 10 video games due to a bone bruise in his proper ankle and had been dealing with an damage to the proper foot — the bone bruise or sprain — for many of March.
Some groups in the Magic’s place, at the backside of the standings and out of playoffs competition, would’ve sat Suggs for the the rest of the season.
“It was real touch and go,” mentioned Suggs. “There’d be days it’d feel good, days it was hurting and we had to stay off it, and there weren’t many days left to take off. I thought about [not playing again this season] a little bit.”
The Magic and Suggs had been decided to make sure that he may get again on the court docket as lengthy it was ensured he was wholesome and that the damage wouldn’t persist.
“When I was able to play, I wasn’t really feeling it too much,” Suggs mentioned. “All that’s in the past now. Locked in on these last two games trying to improve before the offseason.”
Suggs’ return is not going to solely give him the probability to end his rookie season on a stronger observe, with the Magic having a street matchup towards the Charlotte Hornets Thursday earlier than closing out the season at residence on Sunday towards Miami.
He’ll even have the opportunity to be on the floor with Markelle Fultz extra in the season’s last stretch.
Suggs and Fultz began and shared the floor for 17 minutes towards the Cavaliers after taking part in a mixed 3 minutes with one another in 2 video games when Fultz returned from his torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in late February.
“He makes things so easy,” Suggs mentioned. “I’ve been able to learn from him the last seven, eight games — the pace he plays at, the way he gets to his spots on his own time and is never rushed. It’s helped me big time. I can’t wait to get back out there with him again.”
Whereas they received off to a sluggish begin taking part in subsequent to one another, the potential of what a Fultz-Suggs backcourt may appear like was evident.
Each pushed the tempo offensively, made well timed defensive rotations and switched a number of positions defensively.
“It was a lot of fun,” Fultz mentioned. “We’re still trying to get used to playing with each other. A few of his turnovers were my fault. Got to learn how to play off each other, but something we’re super excited about — having guards that can switch, push the ball and create offense.”
Gary Harris (private causes) and Admiral Schofield (left knee contusion) are questionable for Thursday whereas Cole Anthony (sprained left toe), Wendell Carter Jr. (sprained left wrist) and Franz Wagner (sprained proper ankle) are listed as out.