Bogans To Start Friday
He sustained it in Wednesday night's victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, but apparently did not inform the team or didn't believe it was serious at the time. But when he came to practice Thursday, Hill told the club his knee hurt and an MRI confirmed the sprain.
In addition, Keyon Dooling, out with a damaged thumb, said he expects to be out longer than originally thought. Dooling said Thursday it will be "another week."
What once looked like a break in the schedule just got a lot tougher. We should brace ourselves for some bumpy roads ahead. On a positive, all the injuries mean we'll actually have a true two guard starting in Bogans and another one in Redick backing him up. If Redick wants to play at all for the rest of the season, now is the time to show what he can do. Redick's role just got a lot larger.
Magic forward Trevor Ariza said what the club had refused to say: He has a "two-degree tear" of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
"It's getting better. The swelling is almost gone, down to half a degree," Ariza said. "I don't think I'll be playing, though, until sometime after the all-star break (Feb. 15-20). It's bothering me that I can't get out there."
Ariza, injured Jan. 10 at Golden State when he slipped on a wet spot, said he was able to ride a stationary bike for the first time Thursday since he was hurt. The injury did not require surgery, but countless hours of rehab.
"This Sunday I get out of this brace," Ariza said, holding a huge,heavily constructed brace. "Then I go into a playing brace."
He said he would not wear a brace to play when he returns. "If I have to wear a brace, I won't play. That means it's not stable yet," he said.
The prognosis was originally for six to eight weeks. Ariza said he expects to be back sometime after the all-star break, perhaps to face his former Knicks team on Feb. 20 at Madison Square Garden.
More than likely, with practice time included, Ariza probably won't return until Feb. 25 against the Houston Rockets at home.
Magic General Manager Otis Smith said it was no coincidence that the Magic went into a slump with Ariza out. He gives the Magic a defensive, hustling presence and a magnet for offensive rebounds.
"That gives me a lot of confidence to hear that," Ariza said.