The Orlando Magic likely will have just two healthy point guards available for the next week or so. D.J. Augustin, who strained his left hamstring on Nov. 1 in Memphis, probably won’t be able to play during the Magic’s four-game road trip to the West Coast, which will begin Friday night in Phoenix and end Nov. 15 in Portland. “I don’t anticipate that [D.J. can play on the trip],” coach Frank Vogel said. “He’s really just in the mindset that he’s going to continue to try to improve and see how he responds from treatment.” The Magic received some welcome news on the point guard front Wednesday night. Elfrid Payton returned from an eight-game absence due to his own left-hamstring strain and led the Magic to a 112-99 victory over the New York Knicks. Payton pushed the ball upcourt and orchestrated the offense well, compiling 11 points and 11 assists with just two turnovers. “The biggest thing with E.P. is the pace, man,” swingman Evan Fournier said. “He’s incredible getting into the paint, making decisions, pushing the pace. When your point guard is running, as a wing player you have to run. It’s just better for us offensively.” Payton is being backed up now by third-string point guard Shelvin Mack.
Magic don’t anticipate D.J. Augustin playing on their road trip
Orlando Sentinel | Nov 9