RUMOR: Jonathan Isaac could have ACL tear, Magic fears
After forward Jonathan Isaac was wheelchaired off the floor on Sunday’s game, the Orlando Magic are preparing for the worse for their young forward. Though necessary tests examinations are still being done, there are legitimate concerns from the team that what Isaac suffered earlier tonight was a torn ACL on his left knee.
Magic has fears that Jonathan Isaac has a torn ACL, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) August 3, 2020
“It looked bad, obviously,” Magic head coach Steve Clifford said (per sportsnet.ca). “Until you hear anything, I am just hopeful, that’s all.”
Early in the fourth against the Sacramento Kings, the forward got the ball at the top of the key and drove to the basket. As Isaac planted his left foot on the floor to explode to the basket, he seemingly twisted his left knee and immediately fell to the ground in absolute agony. After a few minutes on the floor, Isaas eventually departed the game and was ushered out of the playing court on a wheelchair.
It’s important to note that Isaac was already out of the season earlier in January after hyperextending this exact same knee. He was only able to make it back due to the unexpected four-month break of the league because of the coronavirus.
Isaac was having a breakout year prior to his initial injury in January. On his third year in the league, the 2017 sixth overall pick was averaging 12.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.4 bpg and 1.5 spg. Sunday’s game against the Kings was just his 34th game this season.
Orlando currently sits at the seventh spot in the East and missing a key figure in the frontcourt will definitely be a huge blow for them as they try to clinch a playoff spot.
Prayers up for Jonathan Isaac.