Eric Woodyard: Injured Jazz player Joe Johnson is at practice today getting up left-handed shots. That left hand is gonna be strong when he gets back.
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Snyder provided an update on veteran forward Joe Johnson ahead of the Miami Heat game. “Joe is in a splint. He’s riding the bike during practice,” Snyder said. “He’s going to all the shootarounds. He’s in the film sessions. He’s coming with us on the road so his rehabilitation process is really more just waiting and time and then reevaluate where he is and what happened when they take the cast off and look at it.”
After Joe Johnson missed Tuesday morning’s practice with what was initially believed to be a wrist sprain, an MRI revealed the real issue later that evening. The NBA veteran will miss at least two weeks with tendon instability in his right wrist before being re-evaluated by team doctors. “Unfortunately, we’re in a situation where Joe (Johnson) and Dante (Exum), a couple of our important players are out. It is what it is,” Snyder said during Wednesday morning’s shootaround. “It’s more than just one guy stepping up, it’s our whole team continuing to execute together and play to each other’s strengths and Jonas is part of that.”
Tim MacMahon: F Joe Johnson (groin) will miss his third straight game. Reserve PG Shelvin Mack (ankle) is also out.
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November 24, 2017 | 1:09 pm EST Update
Another big reason the Magic can be optimistic about turning the corner is the evolution of fourth-year forward Aaron Gordon, who is averaging career highs in points (17.5) and rebounds (8.1). “I think what he’s done is he’s finding a rhythm to his game, a pace to his game,” new Magic GM John Hammond said. “I think he’s just scratching the surface, too. Joe Dumars always used to say this: ‘Every offseason you should come back with one little part of your game better. Whatever it is. Just one thing.'”
The improvement comes as Gordon is poised to become a restricted free agent this summer, but Hammond sounds convinced that both Gordon and the Magic will be able to come to terms on a long-term contract keeping him in Orlando. “You look at a guy like that and say, ‘He’s one of those guys as you move forward with, that you got to have,'” Hammond said. “And we feel that way.”
Hornets PR: Injury Update: @hornets Nic Batum (ulnar nerve contusion) is OUT for tonight’s game at CLE. Jeremy Lamb will start.