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Jonathan Isaac re-injures left knee vs. Kings

Jonathan Isaac, Magic

Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac appeared to re-injure his left knee during Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings.

The Magic were leading by 28 in the fourth quarter when Isaac took a few dribbles and a hop step into the lane. The youngster fell to the ground almost as soon as he planted on his left foot.

The former first-round pick was promptly wheeled off the court in a wheelchair. Players from both teams surrounded Isaac in a show of concern.

Jonathan Isaac had been sidelined for the team’s final 32 games prior to the suspension of play in March after suffering a hyperextended left knee in January.

However, the Magic big man completed his rehab in time to rejoin his team ahead of the NBA restart. Isaac impressed in his return on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets, scoring 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting and grabbing six rebounds in just over 16 minutes of action.

Isaac did not look for his shot much on Sunday, though he did show good distribution with four assists and a pair of steals.

Unfortunately, there are sure to be questions as to why Isaac was still in the game during a blowout, particularly if he has been on a minutes restriction.

The 22-year-old was truly emerging as a breakout star in the first few months of the season, averaging 1,5 steals and well over two blocks per game in addition to career-high marks in scoring (12.1) and rebounds (6.9).

Isaac is absolutely a building block for a young Magic squad. Hopefully, he avoids any structural damage to that left knee.