Most people don't want to spend New Year's Eve with their left ankles covered with ice, and Orlando Magic center Nik Vucevic is no different.

But Vucevic is thankful that he did.

The quick treatment helped prevent the ankle sprain he suffered Tuesday night from swelling badly.

Although Vucevic didn't play when the Magic played the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena, Vucevic and team officials were pleased that his ankle isn't injured as badly as first feared.

"At first, I thought it would be a pretty bad one, the way it was hurting," Vucevic said. "But, then, I guess all the treatment we did, all the icing and stuff — I spent New Year's icing it — it was worth it. When I woke up in the morning, I was kind of hesitant to step on it to see how it feels, but it felt pretty good. It was painful, but not as bad as I thought it would be."

Vucevic made the trip with his teammates to snowy Northeast Ohio, and he tested his ankle on the court about 90 minutes before tipoff.

Vucevic missed four consecutive games from Dec. 3-9 after he sprained the same ankle when he accidentally stepped on a courtside cameraman.

That experience prompted him to fear the worst when he reinjured the ankle against the Golden State Warriors on Dec. 31.