Magic F Gordon (concussion) will miss third straight game

Ruben Hill
March 13, 2018

Orlando Magic leading scorer Aaron Gordon will miss his third consecutive game on Tuesday after failing to pass the NBA's concussion protocol.

"I always want to play".

Tonight's game figured to be hard for the Magic (20-47) even if Gordon could play. "We'll see if I can play against Milwaukee tomorrow".

"If our guys are competitors, they will not look at this as the last game of a trip but [as] an opportunity to get a win", coach Frank Vogel said. "You never want to go out to the West Coast and come back with an O-fer or without a single win". San Antonio has won just three of its past 14 games and has fallen back into the pack and into a scramble to earn a spot in the postseason. If the playoffs started today, the Spurs would be on the outside looking in. If the season had ended on Monday night, the Spurs would have missed the playoffs for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

Tuesday's game is the last of a season-high, five-game road trip; the Magic has lost seven straight road games dating back to a 111-109 win at Miami on February 5.

Gordon still remains in the NBA's concussion protocol after he suffered symptoms following Orlando's freakish and controversial 108-107 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on March 7, but hearing news that was at least able to complete a full-contact practice with the Magic is certainly an encouraging sign.

As the leading scorer on the Magic this season, Gordon is now averaging 18.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting from the field, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game in roughly 33.7 minutes of action per contest.

The NBA's concussion protocol dictates that players must pass increasingly hard tests without experiencing symptoms before receiving full clearance to return to game action.

Gordon has been in the protocol since March 8 and will miss his third consecutive game. San Antonio plays its next six games at home and can get well in a hurry with a hot streak.

However, he did not receive final clearance from the league-appointed physician on Tuesday morning and he won't play tonight. So I've got another chance at it tomorrow.

THE BUZZ: A quadriceps injury has limited Kawhi Leonard to nine games this year, but he's reportedly on track to return Thursday. "You take it once a day".

The Magic head to the Alamo City on the heels of a 113-105 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday that was Orlando's fourth setback in a row and the 11th in its past 13 games. All opinions expressed by John Denton are exclusively his own and do not reflect the opinions of the Orlando Magic or their Basketball Operations staff, partners or sponsors.

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