Elfrid Payton

#2 PG / Orlando Magic / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 185 lb Age: 23 College: Louisiana-Lafayette

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  • Payton collected 14 points (6-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt), five assists and three rebounds across 31 minutes in Wednesday's 99-94 loss to the Trail Blazers. Payton was more involved than usual on the scoring end, and in turn, was much less of a facilitator. The four-year pro managed his third game with better than 50.0 percent shooting over his last four contests and might be starting to hit his stride after an injury-marred beginning to his season. Although he's only seen action in six games, Payton's career-best 47.2 percent success rate from the field is encouraging, as are his career-high 6.8 assists per contest.

  • Payton (hamstring/rest) will play in Monday's game against the Warriors. After an eight-game absence due to a hamstring injury, Payton was back in the lineup late last week, but was then rested on Saturday in the second game of a back-to-back set to limit the strain on his previous injury. That said, it was likely just a precautionary absence and Payton should return to the starting lineup on Monday in his usual point guard slot. It wouldn't be surprising if coach Frank Vogel monitored Payton closely considering he appears to be bothered by some lingering soreness, though no hard restrictions are being reported at this point in time. In the corresponding move, look for Shelvin Mack to return to a bench role.

  • Magic's Elfrid Payton: Will be rested Saturday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Payton will be rested for Saturday's game against the Nuggets. Payton missed a stretch of games with a hamstring injury but returned to play in each of the last two contests, logging 29 and 17 minutes, respectively. In an effort to ease the workload on his hamstring, Payton will be rested Saturday, meaning Shelvin Mack should be in line for an increased workload. Per John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com, Payton is still bothered by some lingering soreness in the hamstring.

  • Magic's Elfrid Payton: Probable to play Saturday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Payton is probable to play Saturday in Denver, Magic sideline reporter Dante Marchitelli reports. The designation is likely just a precaution, as Payton has now played in two straight games since missing a stretch with a hamstring injury. Payton played 29 minutes in his return to action Wednesday against the Knicks but saw only 17 minutes in Friday's blowout win over the Suns. In that contest, he finished with eight points, seven assists, four rebounds and six turnovers.

  • Payton expects to be limited to roughly 25 minutes in Friday's game against the Suns, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Payton will have an advantageous matchup against the Suns, but his minute restriction figures to limit his overall value. The point guard returned from an eight game absence Wednesday against the Knicks, and provided 11 points (5-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 11 assists, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks across 29 minutes in the process.

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