Magic forward Jonathan Isaac will miss at least two months, possibly more, with a severe knee sprain and bone contusion, the team announced Thursday. The Magic said they plan on evaluating his status in approximately two months.
“While this certainly is disappointing news, there was no damage to his ACL, MCL and PCL ligaments,” Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman said. “All signs point to a complete recovery and this should not impact his future growth.”
Isaac was taken off the floor on a stretcher on Wednesday after suffering a "hyperextended left knee." There was no structural damage to his ACL, MCL or PCL, however.
Isaac attempted to eurostep past Wizards guard Bradley Beal on a drive to the rim, but he landed on Beal's foot before crumpling to the floor. The Florida State product was then taken off on a stretcher, and he will undergo an MRI in Orlando on Thursday.
The third-year forward is in the midst of a career-best season. Isaac is averaging 12.3 points per game, and he's been a dominant defensive force with 1.6 steals and 2.5 blocks per game. Isaac is one of two players to average over 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game, joining Pistons center Andre Drummond.
The Magic entered Wednesday's contest eighth in the Eastern Conference. They defeated the Wizards 122-101 to move to 15-19 on the season. The franchise have not won a playoff series since 2010.