Watson (Achilles) logged 11 minutes off the bench in Friday's 110-99 win over the Heat, finishing with zero points (0-2 FG), three assists and one rebound. Watson had a restricted workload following a three-game absence due to the sore Achilles, but it's uncertain if the veteran will have a chance to reclaim the starting role he occupied prior to the injury. Starter Elfrid Payton was excellent Friday with 12 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 27 minutes and probably earned himself another turn with the top unit Sunday against the Wizards. Watson's playing time figures to remain limited so long as he continues to come off the bench.
Watson (Achilles) will come off the bench during Friday's game against the Heat, John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com reports. The Magic have cleared Watson to return from a three-game absence due to a sore right Achilles after he was able to log a full practice Thursday, but coach Frank Vogel will limit the veteran's minutes as he eases back in. Watson's restricted workload will allow Elfrid Payton to stick in the starting five for at least one more game, though Payton will likely need to play well in order to stave off Watson in the Magic's subsequent contests.
Watson (Achilles) participated in practice Thursday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Watson has missed the Magic's last three games with a sore right Achilles, but his return to practice is certainly a step in the right direction. It's unclear if he'll be active for Friday's matchup with the Heat, but if he is able to play, the 32-year-old would likely see reduced minutes as he works back up to speed. He had been serving as the team's starting point guard prior to his absence, but Elfrid Payton has since taken back those duties.
Watson (Achilles) will play Friday against the Heat, John Denton of the team's official site reports. The veteran point guard practiced in full Thursday and endured no complications at morning shootaround Friday, so he's been cleared to return following a three-game absence. Though Watson had started in his last four appearances prior to suffering the injury, it's unclear if coach Frank Vogel will use the 32-year-old on the top unit in his first game back. Elfrid Payton has started at point guard the last three games with Watson out, averaging 8.7 points, 5.3 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 block in 23.7 minutes per contest.
Watson (Achilles) is no longer sporting a walking boot, but was unable to practice Tuesday, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. While getting rid of the walking boot amounts to progress on some level for Watson, it's still expected that he'll miss at least two more games before the Magic sign off on his return. During Watson's absence for the last two games, the Magic have used Elfrid Payton as their starting point guard, and he nearly turned in a triple-double in Saturday's win over the Hawks, putting up 15 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two blocks over 28 minutes.
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