Gor­don, Au­gustin re­turn to lineup against Kings

De­pleted Magic ea­ger to wel­come vet­er­ans back

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS TUESDAY - By Roy Parry

The Magic-at-Kings game was not com­pleted in time for this edi­tion. Read the late game story on our web­site or in our e-edi­tion at Or­lan­doSen­tinel.com/late.

SACRA­MENTO, Calif. — Or­lando Magic for­ward Aaron Gor­don and point guard D.J. Au­gustin, both of whom missed Fri­day’s game in Phoenix, were avail­able for Mon­day’s game against the Sacra­mento Kings at Golden 1 Cen­ter.

Gor­don sat out the game against the Suns with tight­ness in his right calf that he said cropped up dur­ing the team’s vic­tory Wed­nes­day against the Wash­ing­ton Wizards in Or­lando.

Au­gustin, mean­while, was out for the Phoenix game with a left knee con­tu­sion. It was the first game the vet­eran point guard has missed this sea­son, although he char­ac­ter­ized the is­sue as more of a “nag­ging” sore­ness than an in­jury.

Nonethe­less, their ab­sence fur­ther de­pleted a Magic ros­ter

that al­ready was miss­ing start­ing for­ward Jonathan Isaac (knee), re­serve for­ward AlFarouq Aminu (knee) and re­serve guard Michael Carter-Wil­liams (shoul­der).

Magic coach Steve Clif­ford said Gor­don and Au­gustin, both of whom par­tic­i­pated in parts of prac­tice on Sun­day, would go through the team’s morn­ing shootaroun­d and be re-eval­u­ated be­fore the game.

Gor­don said the train­ing staff put the de­ci­sion in his hands and he was go­ing to do “ev­ery­thing in my power to play tonight.”

Carter-Wil­liams, how­ever, was not avail­able for the Magic. He has been work­ing his way back from a shoul­der sprain he sus­tained Dec. 20 in Port­land and was hope­ful he might re­turn for Mon­day’s game.

“MCW’s still a lit­tle bit away,” Clif­ford said.

Mean­while, ver­sa­tile for­ward Marvin Bagley III re­turned to the Kings lineup. The 6-foot-11 Bagley, who’s av­er­ag­ing 13.7 points and 6.9 re­bounds, missed the past eight games due to a left foot sprain.

The Kings, who have been plagued by a slew of in­juries as well, played with­out key for­wards Bog­dan Bog­danovic (an­kle) and Richaun Holmes (shoul­der).

JOHN RAOUX/AP

Magic for­ward Aaron Gor­don moves the ball against the Wizards on Wed­nes­day. Gor­don has tight­ness in his right calf.

JOHN RAOUX/AP

Magic guard D.J. Au­gustin makes a bas­ket in front of Nets guard Joe Har­ris dur­ing the first half Jan. 6.

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