Magic battle injuries heading into Saturday's game against Miami
In more serious injury news, according to Brian Schmitz's BasketBlog, reserve point guard Mike Wilks is out for the entire season with serious knee injuries, among them being a torn ACL. The Magic had liked the way Wilks was playing, and he most likely would have made the team as the third-string point guard if he hadn't gotten injured.
This likely means the Magic will have to pick up another point guard between now and the start of the regular season, as Jameer Nelson and Johnson are the only point guards on the roster.
In another Magic note from Schmitz's BasketBlog, Coach Van Gundy praised J.J. Redick's defense, saying that Redick has made a significant improvement from the previous year with his defense, and that it's a very close battle with Redick and Keith Bogans as to who will be the first shooting guard off the bench to replace Mickael Pietrus.
I'm guessing that Turkoglu, Johnson, and Battie won't play against the Heat, as it doesn't seem smart to risk their health in a preseason game.
Hopefully, the bench will step up and give a good effort. The battle between Redick and Bogans for backup shooting guard will continue to be watched. Bogans had by far his best preseason game against Charlotte, while Redick has struggled with his shooting the last two games, though he has played well defensively.
Third Quarter Collapse has a very informative post about what Wilks' injury will do to the Magic's salary cap situation. Click on the link to read.