Magic’s Wendell Carter sits vs. Pacers for 3rd absence in 4 games


			Magic’s Wendell Carter sits vs. Pacers for 3rd absence in 4 games
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Orlando Magic starting big man Wendell Carter Jr. didn’t play in Monday’s road game vs. the Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

He didn’t participate in the team’s morning shoot around and was a gametime decision before being ruled out 2½ hours ahead of tipoff because of a strained right plantar fascia (soft tissue under the foot) for his third absence in four games because of the injury.

Coach Jamahl Mosley said Carter didn’t go through his pregame routine before being ruled out.

“All I know is that it was hurting this morning,” Mosley said. “I’d rather error on the side of caution vs. him trying to test it again.”

Carter told the Orlando Sentinel he plans to get his foot looked at by a doctor once the team returns to Central Florida.

He hopes to be available for Friday’s home game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers at Amway Center.

Carter also was a gametime decision for Saturday’s loss to the Pacers but was ruled out less than an hour before tipoff after attempting to go through his pregame warmup.

“A combination of both,” Mosley previously said when asked if Carter’s ailment is more about pain management vs. further injuring the foot. “There’s pain there — a lot of pain there. He’s playing through it, which is something he’s done before. Just making sure it doesn’t get any worse.”

Carter told the Sentinel ahead of Friday’s road win over the Chicago Bulls that he had been dealing with his injury for 5-6 games before being sidelined for the first time during Wednesday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He had 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 34 minutes Friday.

“It just got really bad last game and just didn’t feel comfortable getting out there,” he added. “Knowing my body, knowing when I got pain I’m going to start favoring stuff, I didn’t want to end up hurting something else because I’m favoring something on my foot.

“There’s really no specific thing you can put on it to stop it from hurting. It’s just about tolerance, putting heat on it and stuff like that.”

Monday’s Magic-Pacers matchup was the second in three nights in Indianapolis.

It was the Magic’s first “baseball-style series” of the season — when two teams play consecutive games at the same venue with no travel in between.

They have five more of these series remaining: vs. 76ers in Orlando (Friday and Sunday); vs. Toronto Raptors in Orlando (Dec. 9 and 11); at Celtics in Boston (Dec. 16 and 18); at 76ers in Philadelphia (Jan. 30 and Feb. 1); vs. Cavaliers in Orlando (April 4 and 6).

“I love these situations,” Mosley said. “They do teach a young team how [to] adjust and what adjustments you need to make. Did you do the game plan correctly? Or was it some of your own mistakes that you made or the things you did right? You’re able to assess it right away.”

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