Storyline: DJ Augustin Injury

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D.J. Augustin, who strained his left hamstring Nov. 1 and missed the Magic’s last seven games, said he hopes to play either Saturday against the Utah Jazz or Monday against the Indiana Pacers. “I feel a lot better right now,” Augustin said after he watched the Magic lose to the Portland Trail Blazers 99-94 Wednesday night at Moda Center. “I’m leaving it up to the training staff on when I could return, but it’s looking like pretty soon. So I hope either Saturday or Monday, at least one of those games, because I’ve been ready to play. I’m just tired of sitting out. It’s hard to sit out. But with a hamstring, you want to be careful with it, because it could recur and I don’t want to go backwards.”

The Orlando Magic likely will have just two healthy point guards available for the next week or so. D.J. Augustin, who strained his left hamstring on Nov. 1 in Memphis, probably won’t be able to play during the Magic’s four-game road trip to the West Coast, which will begin Friday night in Phoenix and end Nov. 15 in Portland. “I don’t anticipate that [D.J. can play on the trip],” coach Frank Vogel said. “He’s really just in the mindset that he’s going to continue to try to improve and see how he responds from treatment.”
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So when he learned Rose left the Cavaliers on Friday to re-evaluate his future in the NBA, James Johnson said his heart goes out to his friend and former teammate. “He’s going through a lot right now,” Johnson said. “He keeps coming back from injuries after injuries, it takes a toll on you, just rehab and treatment. It also takes a toll on you when you know you’re not getting back or you’re going through the same repetitive rehab and treatment.”