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Magic point guard Elfrid Payton could be out for extended period

Elfrid Payton

The Orlando Magic could be without their starting point guard Elfrid Payton for quite some time.

Payton was forced to exit Orlando’s Friday night game against the Brooklyn Nets after suffering from a strained left hamstring. He played for 14 minutes in the first half and tallied four points and four assists before leaving the match.

A status update by Magic coach Frank Vogel, however, revealed that Payton had sustained “mild to moderate” damage and could miss several games, according to John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com.

The 23-year-old had missed just nine games since entering the league in 2014. He is also one of the only 17 NBA players that featured in all 82 regular-season games last year.

His absence for Orlando is a big blow considering that the Louisiana-Lafayette product has shown steady progress over the years, averaging 12.8 points, 6.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game last season.

Veteran guard D.J. Augustin started in his place in the Magic’s 114-93 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the 29-year-old is expected to fill Payton’s void until he returns.