Payton (hamstring) is officially listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Nets, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports
Payton was held out of practice Monday with what's being called a mild-to-moderate hamstring strain, so he was already considered a long shot take the court. He'll remain out Tuesday, but will then have two additional days off for rest prior to Friday's tilt with the Spurs. Look for D.J. Augustin to pick up another start in Payton's absence after tallying 12 points, four rebounds, 10 assists and one steal across 27 minutes in Saturday's fill-in start against the Cavaliers.
Payton is battling what the team is calling a "mild-to-moderate" hamstring strain, which he sustained during Friday's matchup with the Nets. The point guard already missed Saturday's win over the Cavs, and all signs point to another absence Tuesday. Assuming that's the case, expect D.J. Augustin to make another start in his place.
The Magic haven't provided a firm return timeline for Payton, but he'll be held out of Saturday's game against the Cavs, and it appears the team is bracing for the point guard to miss several games. Consider Payton day-to-day for now, but his status in advance of Tuesday's game against the Nets is worth keeping an eye on. Veteran D.J. Augustin will start in Payton's place Saturday.
Payton left Friday's game against the Nets with a hamstring injury and did not return. There's no indication the injury is serious, but the point guard isn't feeling well enough to play on the second half of a back-to-back. In his stead, either Shelvin Mack or D.J. Augustin will draw the start and could make for viable DFS options.
Payton will not return to Friday's matchup against the Nets after injuring his hamstring.
Payton had accumulated four points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3PT), one rebound, four assists, and a steal across 14 minutes before sustaining the injury in the second quarter. Both the severity of the issue, as well as his status for Saturday's matchup against the Cavaliers are unknown at this time. D.J. Augustin and Shelvin Mack figure to see increased time running point while Payton is sidelined.
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