NBA Rumor: Nikola Vucevic Injury

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Vucevic, who has been out since his ankle buckled on him in Toronto three weeks ago, went through light practice sessions on Wednesday and Friday mornings and a non-contact practice on Thursday in hopes of getting back by Friday to face the Houston Rockets. Instead, Vucevic will practice with his teammates once more on Saturday and shoot for a Sunday return. “He’s got to feel comfortable that he can go out and play, that’s it,’’ Clifford said. “It’s as simple as that.’’

Because his surgically repaired left hand is still healing, he isn’t permitted to sit on the Magic’s bench during games. He cannot risk having a player collide into him and reinjuring his hand. Vucevic watches his team from afar, and it’s a lonely feeling. “It’s very hard,” Vucevic said. “Sometimes when you watch the game, you’ll see something that happens and you’re like, ‘Man, I wish I was out there. Maybe I would’ve been able to help in any way.’ Or I could try to say something or anything. It’s not easy. You try to stay involved as much as you can.”
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