Magic: Jalen Suggs progressing ‘slowly’ from thumb injury

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Magic: Jalen Suggs progressing ‘slowly’ from thumb injury
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando Magic head coach Jamahl Mosley on Tuesday said rookie Jalen Suggs is progressing along slowly from a fractured right thumb suffered on Nov. 29 versus the Philadelphia 76ers.

Suggs appeared to suffer the injury after he was inadvertently slapped by 76ers center Joel Embiid on the hand. He immediately grabbed at his thumb after the play and checked out with 4:20 left in the game. He would not return to the contest.

Mosley said on Dec. 15 that the team will continue to evaluate the injury and that Suggs had been making progress during his rehabilitation. He hinted on Wednesday that the team will not rush him back.

“He is progressing along slowly,” Mosley said prior to hosting the Milwaukee Bucks. “We’re just going to take it over time and just kinda see how he goes over the next couple of weeks.”

The injury to Suggs came just as the fifth pick started to gain his footing in the NBA and turn the corner. He felt as though the game had started to slow down as he showed great control and poise running the team on a nightly basis leading up to the injury.

The Magic have gone 3-9 without Suggs in the lineup after dealing with several other injuries and health and protocol issues. They will certainly not rush Suggs back into action too quickly so it is possible that he will be out for the foreseeable future.

Suggs is averaging 12.3 points, 3.6 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 21 games. He currently ranks seventh in scoring average and fourth in assists among all first-year players.

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