Ahead of the Orlando Magic, Jonathan Isaac tore the ACL in his left knee on Sunday, the team announced.
Isaac led the lane and took a step hop between the two defenders against the Kings. He then immediately fell to the floor in pain, untouched, as he squeezed his left knee with 9:19 left in the fourth quarter during the Magic 132-116 victory.
Isaac had his head in his hands as he withdrew from the court accompanied by the Magic President of basketball operations Jeff Weltman.
It was Isaac’s second game since he reached his left knee on Jan. 1 in Washington. Isaac, who lost 31 games due to injury, left Sunday’s game with 4 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in 15 minutes.
Although the Magic ruled the Kings, the Orlando bench succumbed to Isaac’s injury.
“It was hard, man,” said teammate Aaron Gordon. “He brought me to tears and immediately – just because I know how good a JI guy he is and how hard and how hard he works and how hard he has worked to get back from hurting himself in DC. That was difficult “.
The great man of kings Harry Giles III, who tore both his ACLs in high school and had a left knee procedure before starting his college career in Duke, said he spoke to Isaac shortly before to leave the word.
“Just kind of tell him to stand up, to stay positive,” Giles said. “I just hate to see this because it ‘s hard. I really do not like to talk too much. It’ s just unfortunate, man, because he’m working and bragging. You’re going to see him get hurt again. “.
ESPN Tim Bontemps and Nick Friedell contributed to this report.