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Nikola Vucevic Hand Injury Diagnosed as Fracture; Expected to Undergo Surgery

Nikola Vucevic Hand Injury Diagnosed as Fracture; Expected to Undergo Surgery

X-rays on his left hand revealed a fractured first metacarpal.

Vucevic suffered the injury in the first quarter of the Magic's game at the Wizards on Saturday and was immediately taken to the locker room. After the game, he was seen with his finger protected by a splint and his left hand and wrist wrapped. The team said he will undergo surgery at a yet to be determined date.

The Washington Wizards had a healthy John Wall hitting his stride and seemingly had figured things out following a recent slump, but their most recent result suggests there is still plenty of work to be done.

"I tried to get out", Vucevic said afterward.

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"I think offensively we have some guys that are trying to do the right thing and step up, but we have to make sure that we're continuing to play [unselfishly], and "stepping up" has to mean creating for others just the same".

The Magic started the season 8-4 with a starting lineup of Elfrid Payton, Terrence Ross, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Vucevic. Washington star shooting guard Bradley Beal had 17 points and three assists, while forward Otto Porter Jr. had 17 points and four boards of his own.

The Magic caught another tough break.

With Vucevic - third on the team in scoring, second in rebounding - now out for an extended period, any hopes the Magic had for turning their once promising season around are pretty much gone.


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