Fultz suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Wednesday against the Cavalier and will miss the rest of the season, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Fultz suffered the injury during the first quarter of Wednesday's contest. It's brutal news for both the Magic and the 22-year-old Fultz, who signed a three-year, $50 million extension in December. Rookie Cole Anthony figures to step into an increased role with Fultz sidelined.
Fultz won't return to Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers after sustaining a left knee injury.
The 22-year-old suffered the injury during the first quarter when his left knee buckled; he was immediately taken to the locker room. Fultz had three points (1-3 FG, 1-1 FT) and one steal in four minutes before going down with the injury, and he should be considered questionable for Friday's game at Houston while he continues to be evaluated.
Fultz contributed nine points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes during Thursday's 116-92 loss to the 76ers.
Fultz is off to a terrific start this season and so Thursday's performance needs to be seen as somewhat of an outlier. The Magic were terrible from the get-go and this game was never even remotely competitive. Those with shares in Fultz simply need to give him a pass mark thanks to the two defensive stats and hope he can get things back on track when the Magic face the Thunder on Saturday.
Fultz registered 11 points (4-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 assists, four rebounds and a steal across 32 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Thunder.
Fultz might have ended with a double-double for the first time this season, but he struggled mightily from the field and needed 16 shots to barely surpass the 10-point plateau. He was coming off back-to-back games where he was able to surpass the 20-point mark, so Fultz should still be treated as a competent offensive threat in Orlando's backcourt.
Fultz tallied 26 points (11-21 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 29 minutes Sunday in the Magic's 120-113 win over the Wizards.
Fultz's all-around production was lacking in the back end of a two-game set with the Wizards, but he was once again aggressive on offense, clearing 20 points for the second game in a row. While Fultz still isn't firing from three-point range with much regularity, he's continuing to show more signs that his once-broken shot has been fixed. Through three games, his true shooting percentage sits at 56.7 percent (up five points from 2019-20), and he's converted 12 of 13 shots from the foul line.
Fultz totaled 21 points (7-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four rebounds and seven assists in a victory versus Washington on Saturday.
Fultz has thus far continued to build upon last season's growth, averaging 18.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in his first two contests of the campaign. Having recently signed a three-year, $50 million contract extension, Fultz appears to be locked in as a key component of Orlando's lineup for the foreseeable future.
Fultz signed a three-year, $50 million extension with the Magic on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The 22-year-old took a major step forward during his first season in Orlando, and the team rewarded him with the sizable extension. Fultz started 60 of 72 games and averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 27.7 minutes while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 73.0 percent from the line, and he's poised to play a significant role for the Magic in the 2020-21 campaign.
Fultz scored 14 points (6-16 FG, 0-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) to go along with six rebounds, six assists and one steal across 31 minutes in Thursday's preseason contest against the Hornets.
Fultz has played 31 minutes in each of Orlando's past two preseason contests and appears to be in line for a big role during the regular season. He's provided strong counting stats, and even with Thursday's inefficient effort he has managed to shoot 45 percent from the field during the exhibition games. Now in his fourth season, Fultz should have a strong opportunity to take another forward this campaign.
Fultz had 21 points (9-19 FG, 2-2 3PT, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, four assists and two steals in Sunday's preseason loss to Atlanta.
The Magic handled the game similarly to a regular season contest, as only 10 players saw the floor and four of the five starters played at least 28 minutes. Fultz took a game-high 19 shots, draining both of his three-point attempts and committing just one turnover in 31 minutes.
Fultz totaled 15 points (6-15 FG, 2-4 3PT, 1-1 FT), seven assists, five rebounds and two steals in Monday's Game 4 loss to Milwaukee.
The Magic suffered a third straight loss, but Fultz bounced back after a five-point, five-assist effort in Game 3. The point guard converted a pair of outside looks for his first multi-three-pointer game since Aug. 4 against Indiana.
Fultz finished with 11 points (4-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 Ft), two boards, three assists, one block and two steals in 26 minutes of Thursday's 111-96 Game 2 loss to Milwaukee.
Fultz once again filled out the box score, but he didn't distribute as effectively as he had in Game 1, and it showed, as the Magic fell behind early and couldn't make up the difference down the stretch. That said, the former No. 1 pick should still be feeling confident, as he's put up double-digit scoring totals in eight of his 10 games since the restart.
Fultz will remain in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the Magic's first-round series against the Bucks, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
While veteran D.J. Augustin started seven of Orlando's eight seeding games, coach Steve Clifford confirmed that he'll roll with Fultz in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 2. The 2017 No. 1 overall pick made his only start in Thursday's win over the Pelicans, finishing with 11 points, five assists, one rebound and one steal in 24 minutes. Fultz was the top option at point guard before the shutdown, starting all but one game since Nov. 2. "That's when we were playing at a high level on offense," Clifford said of his pre-pandemic player rotations. "This was all planned out beforehand. I liked our groups and we were playing at a high level and we're trying to get back to that."
Fultz recorded 18 points (7-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 22 minutes during Tuesday's 108-96 loss to the Nets.
Tuesday marked Fultz's third game in a row scoring in double-digits, though the Magic have lost each contest. Still, it's encouraging that Fultz has been comfortable being aggressive offensively since he took fewer than 10 shots in 29 games this season.
Fultz had 16 points (7-18 FG, 0-4 3PT, 2-2 FT), 10 assists and six rebounds in Sunday's loss to Boston.
Fultz continues to come off the bench behind veteran D.J. Augustin, but both guards played 33 minutes in the overtime contest. Fultz also added two steals and a block to his final line.
Fultz scored 14 points (6-9 FG, 2-2 3PT, 0-2 FT) off the bench in Sunday's win over the Kings.
A late arrival to the Orlando bubble, Fultz has been behind schedule as he works his way back into game shape. He looked plenty comfortable in 20 minutes Sunday, hitting six field goals, including both of his attempts from beyond the arc. Fultz also added three assists, though he did commit three turnovers. At some point, Fultz figures to reclaim the starting point guard spot from veteran D.J. Augustin.
Magic coach Steve Clifford said Fultz will remain on the bench for Sunday's game against the Kings, but the point guard is expected to see an increase in playing time from the 19 minutes he logged in Friday's win over the Nets, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
Beyond saying that Fultz would be able to play "a little more" than he did Friday, Clifford didn't put a number on the 22-year-old's minutes, though a split of the playing time with starter D.J. Augustin seems like a reasonable estimate. Fultz's workload is just being restricted due to his late arrival to the Orlando bubble, but before the playoffs begin, he should be ready to handle the 30-minute role he held prior to the NBA's shutdown in mid-March. Fultz turned in a respectable showing in his first game in a four and a half months Friday, providing eight points (4-9 FG), six assists, two rebounds and one steal during his time on the court.
Fultz will come off the bench for Friday's game against the Nets, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports. He is not expected to play significant minutes.
The Magic have brought Fultz along slowly after he was a late arrival to the bubble, and they'll ride with D.J. Augustin as the starter Friday afternoon. Coach Steve Clifford did confirm, however, that he plans to use Fultz off the bench, though it's unclear how many minutes he'll play.
Fultz has been cleared to play in Monday's scrimmage against Denver, Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
A late arrival to the Orlando bubble, Fultz was held out of the Magic's first two scrimmages, but he was able to go through 5-on-5 workouts at practice over the weekend and will be available Monday night. Coach Steve Clifford confirmed that both Fultz and Jonathan Isaac (knee) will have their minutes limited.
Fultz, who was late to arrive to the Orlando bubble, participated in the five-on-five portions of Friday's practice but remains out for Saturday's scrimmage against the Lakers, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
The Magic are remaining cautious with Fultz, who also missed the team's first scrimmage. Assuming he continues to make general progress in practice, it seems possible he'll play in the final scrimmage Monday against the Nuggets.
Coach Steve Clifford said Thursday that Fultz won't play in Saturday's scrimmage against the Lakers after having missed the team's first seven practices, Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
The Magic appear committed to easing him back into the swing of things with caution. Fultz's absence from scrimmages is due to his late arrival in the bubble for personal reasons, so there's no injury to be worried about.
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