Vucevic (hand) was a full participant in practice Tuesday and is on track to play Thursday against the Knicks, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Vucevic has been out since late December due to a fractured hand, but finally appears ready to make his return to the court. Whether he'll immediately slot back in to the starting lineup is unclear at this point in time and he could be brought along slowly in order to get his in-game conditioning in order. That said, in 34 games prior the injury, Vucevic had impressed with averages of 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.1 blocks across 30.0 minutes, so the expectation is that he'll eventually reclaim a spot in the top unit. Look for official confirmation following shootaround Thursday and his return will mean Bismack Biyombo's value takes a significant hit.
Vucevic (hand) is planning to make his return Feb. 22 against the Knicks, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Vucevic has missed 22 straight games after fracturing his left hand on Dec. 23. Prior to the injury, he was on pace to have one of the best seasons of his seven-year tenure, posting 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, a career-high 3.3 assists and a combined 2.1 steals/blocks per game. He's also added the three-ball to his game, drilling 1.4 per game at a 34.3 percent clip, with the added work on his shot contributing to his career-high 82.1 percent mark from the charity stripe. Once he returns, Bismack Biyombo will presumably return to the bench, where he averaged 4.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks across 14.9 minutes per game prior to Vucevic's injury.
Vucevic (hand) will not play in Monday's game against the Bulls. Vucevic continues to be ruled out from games a day in advance, so it's probably safe to assume that the Magic will hold their big man out of the lineup at least through the All-Star break. Bismack Biyombo, Khem Birch and Marreese Speights will continue to bolster the front-court in the meantime.
Vucevic (hand) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Bucks, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. The fact that Vucevic has already been ruled out for Saturday's contest suggests that the big man still has a little ways to go before he able to play again. Coach Frank Vogel said Thursday that he still needs to see Vucevic participate in a few practices before he returns to the floor, and that may not happen until after the All-Star break. Bismack Biyombo will start at center once again in Vucevic's absence.
Vucevic (hand) will not play in Thursday's game against the Hawks, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. While Vucevic was upgraded to questionable for Thursday's game, coach Frank Vogel still believes that the big man needs a few more practices under his belt before it is safe for him to return to the hardwood. Bismack Biyombo will continue to start at center in Vucevic's absence, while Khem Birch, who has started seeing extended minutes off the bench as of late, should continue to trend upward.
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