Magic Injury Update: Hedo Turkoglu Suffers Setback

Orlando Magic's Hedo Turkoglu, who has not played since he broke his hand in the season-opener, went to get his hand examined yesterday. Hoping for good news, Turkoglu heard just the opposite. One of the five screws that was inserted into his hand had loosened. As a result, the doctor required that he wear a cast to stabilize the are to minimize anymore setbacks in the future. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports further on this topic.
“That kind of upsets me, because that puts some time setback,” Turkoglu said. “That’s the thing I really hate about it, because I was really hoping to come back soon and be a part of this team.”
Turkoglu was previously expected to miss only four weeks, now it appears unlikely that he returns this month at all.

The Magic have struggled offensively without their veteran forward. They rank near last in the league in points per game with a mere 88 points. Their offensive rating is just a 96.5, 26th worst in the league. Turkoglu's presence may not make them an offensive powerhouse, but he would certainly increase the team's offensive rating and numbers. Last year he averaged 10.4 points to go with 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game in 31.2 minutes per game. In the 17 minutes he played this season, he scored 6 points, shot 75% from the field, and picked off two steals.

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