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Magic guard Markelle Fultz injures leg and leaves Cavs game

Markelle Fultz, Magic

Prayers up for Markelle Fultz. The Orlando Magic guard went down with a non-contact knee injury in the first quarter of their matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

As Fultz drove to the left through the lane, he awkwardly planted with his left leg and fell to the floor in pain.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Markelle Fultz will not return to Wednesday’s game.

Since last season, Fultz has been one of the feel-good stories of the NBA. In his first season with the Magic, the former no. 1 overall pick started 60 of 72 games and averaged 12.1 points and 5.1 assists. The 22-year-old had been building off his encouraging first season in Orlando through seven games in 2020-21, putting up 14.3 points and 6.1 assists per contest.

More importantly, he looked to be settles as Orlando’s starting point guard and key contributor.

Fultz has experienced a welcome resurgence with the Magic after two difficult seasons—mentally and physically—with the Philadelphia 76ers. Hr seemed to find a groove in Orlando and silenced any “bust” talk, though his 3-point shot remains a work in progress.

In December, he was rewarded with a three-year, $50 million extension.

Fultz was selected out of Washington with the no. 1 overall by Philly in the 2017 draft. He played only 14 games during his rookie season and 19 in his second. In need of a change of scenery, the Sixers traded Fultz to the Magic in Feb. 2019 for Jonathan Simmons and two draft picks.

Hopefully, the diagnosis won’t be as bad as it looks. The team’s backup point guard, Michael Carter-Williams, was ruled out Wednesday with a bone bruise and sprained ligament in his foot.

Orlando selected point guard Cole Anthony with the no. 15 overall pick in the 2020 draft.