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However, Fournier felt lingering soreness in his foot on Saturday night and Sunday morning, causing him to be scratched from the game against the Raptors. Fournier, who missed five games at the end of December and the beginning of January before returning for five mostly hobbled games, is walking the fine line of wanting to be back as soon as possible and not wanting to return too soon as to re-aggravate the injury. “I definitely don’t want to do the same thing that I did two or three weeks ago and if I’m going to come back, I want to come for good and not just for a week or two,’’ said Fournier, whose foot was wrapped in ice following Saturday’s two-hour practice. “To be honest, it’s not that complicated because I just have to listen to my body. If I’m sore I’ll tell the training staff and we’ll go from there. It’s all about listening to my body.’’

Magic coach Frank Vogel said there is a temptation to get Fournier back on the floor as soon as possible, but the team also wants him to fully recover from his injury this time around. Vogel started veteran C.J. Watson a second consecutive game in place of the injured Fournier on Sunday. “It’s a fine line and (Fournier’s desire to return) probably does work against him,’’ Vogel said. “We want this to be put behind him. We don’t want him to play a couple and then have to sit another two weeks, play a couple and have to sit. Hopefully when we get him back this time it’s behind him.’’

The Orlando Magic will be without their leading scorer, Evan Fournier, for the foreseeable future. Fournier aggravated the same right-heel bruise that forced him to miss five consecutive games from Dec. 23-Jan. 2, and he did not play when the Magic faced the Utah Jazz on Saturday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Although there is no timetable for Fournier’s return, it seems highly unlikely that he will play in either of the remaining games on the Magic’s road trip, which ends on Wednesday. “I was compensating a lot, so now it’s more than just the heel,” Fournier said. “It’s just the bottom of the foot, period. It’s frustrating, man. I could probably keep playing like this, but it’s not getting any better and I’m playing [at] like 60 percent [of my ability].”
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