Ross won’t play in pre­sea­son fi­nale

Orlando Sentinel - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL / NBA - Josh Rob­bins

If the Or­lando Magic are go­ing to take some mo­men­tum into their reg­u­larsea­son opener, it’ll be with­out Ter­rence Ross, their start­ing shoot­ing guard.

Ross, who missed the Magic’s last two ex­hi­bi­tions with a strained right ham­string, has the flu and won’t play when the team com­pletes its pre­sea­son tonight against the Cleve­land Cava­liers at Amway Cen­ter, coach Frank Vo­gel said. “We’re still just be­ing cau­tious with his ham­string,” Vo­gel said.

Evan Fournier, who sat out the last two ex­hi­bi­tions due to a sprained right an­kle, prac­ticed on Thurs­day and is ex­pected to play against the Cava­liers.

When asked about his an­kle, Fournier re­sponded, “It’s noth­ing too se­ri­ous.”

Last Oc­to­ber, Vo­gel played nine play­ers in the Magic’s pre­sea­son fi­nale.

Ex­pect a sim­i­lar plan this time.

“We’re not go­ing to overdo it,” Vo­gel said. “But we will play a close-to-nor­mal ro­ta­tion for the last dry run.”

The Magic’s in­jury re­port lists rookie swing­man

Wes Iwundu as out for Fri­day’s ex­hi­bi­tion due to a strained right ham­string. Bis­mack Biy­ombo

thinks the Magic have fared well this pre­sea­son build­ing an iden­tity.

Asked what he wants the team to ac­com­plish to­day, Biy­ombo an­swered, “Just play the same way we have been play­ing. I think you can tell how we’re play­ing: We play for each other, and then we’re run­ning more. We’re play­ing our game. The bot­tom line is we’ve got to keep play­ing our game in or­der for us to have a great sea­son, and I think so far we have done that in the pre­sea­son.

“I don’t know who’s go­ing to play or who’s not go­ing to play [against the Cava­liers], and that should not mat­ter for us. We’ve still got to go in there and do the same thing: play our game and try to get a win, just like we did in San An­to­nio.”

Feel­ing good

Aaron Gor­don leads the Magic in scor­ing this pre­sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 17.8 points per game on 51.9 per­cent shoot­ing from the field.

The Magic’s coach­ing con­ti­nu­ity and up-tempo style of play have helped him.

And so has some­thing else.

En­ter­ing his sec­ond sea­son, Gor­don was re­cov­er­ing from a frac­tured jaw.

En­ter­ing last sea­son, he was nurs­ing a se­verely sprained an­kle.

This pre­sea­son, he’s dis­played one of his trade­marks: his en­ergy.

“I feel good be­cause my body feels re­ally good,” Gor­don said. “My mind is feel­ing re­ally healthy. [My] mo­tor, it helps me. Work ethic, mo­tor, skill — you put that all to­gether and it’s man­i­fest­ing on the court. So it feels good.”

BRAN­DON DILL/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ter­rence Ross has the flu and won’t play when the Magic com­plete their pre­sea­son tonight against the Cava­liers.

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