Orlando Magic guard Michael Carter-Williams was forced to leave Sunday's game against the Washington Wizards after suffering a strained left hip.
D.J. Augustin suffered a dislocated fifth metacarpal on his left hand during the second quarter tonight against Washington.
X-rays were negative and he will return to the game.
Michael Carter-Williams will NOT return due to a strained left hip.
— Orlando Magic PR (@Magic_PR) November 18, 2019
Carter-Williams did not score and grabbed one rebound in just six minutes of play.
The journeyman guard has not had the best of starts in his second stint with the Magic. Carter-Williams was averaging just 5.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists through nine games while shooting just above 31 percent from the floor.
Despite his offensive ineptitude, however, Carter-Williams has been one of the more dependable defenders on Orlando's roster, tallying close to a steal and a block per game. The Magic are one of the strongest defensive teams in basketball, and Carter-Williams adds plenty of length at the point guard spot.
Carter-Williams was the NBA Rookie of the Year with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014, but his career has since been plagued by a number of injuries and attitude issues. He has also shown no improvement on a lackluster perimeter jumper, shooting just 25 percent from deep for his career.
The Magic sit at 5-7 through their first 12 games, though they led the Wizards late in the fourth quarter.
Although they ranked first in opponents scoring average and sixth in defensive rating heading into Sunday's contest, Orlando has struggled to put the ball in the hoop. Steve Clifford's team ranked 29th in scoring average and offensive rating and dead-last in pace, according to Basketball-Reference.
Fortunately, the Magic have not fallen very far behind the swath of Eastern Conference teams bunched in the middle of the Eastern Conference.
Orlando has also been linked to Spurs star DeMar DeRozan as they hope to add some scoring, which could mean less playing time for bench players like Carter-Williams.