REPORT: Jonathan Isaac confirmed to have torn ACL
Isaac picked up the injury during the fourth quarter of the game as he drove hard to the basket before falling to the floor. It was a non-contact injury.
Disappointing news: Orlando Magic F Jonathan Isaac has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, source tells ESPN. Isaac missed 31 games with knee injury earlier and worked his way back for restart. A much longer rehab awaits him now.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2020
Jonathan Isaac managed only 14 minutes on Sunday, putting up four points, three rebounds, and two steals before he had to be taken out of the playing court in a wheel chair. The versatile 6-foot-11 forward was providing some quality minutes for the Magic in his limited run after just returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a severe knee sprain.
Perhaps the worst part here is that Isaac’s new injury happened on the same knee that he rehabbed for several months. He was not expected to make a return this season, but the extended hiatus provided him with more healing time. This eventually led to the Magic coaching staff allowing him to suit up — albeit with a strict minutes limit — upon the season restart.
At this point, it’s hard not to question the team’s decision and if his return was premature. Then again, fans have the benefit of hindsight and it is completely unfair to put the blame on the Magic coaching staff for what seems to be a freak injury.
For what it’s worth, the Magic still managed to handily defeat the Sacramento Kings, 132-116, even in the absence of their promising youngster. Orlando will have Monday off before they take on the Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors in a back-to-back set on Tuesday and Wednesday.