The Magic dominated the Kings in a 132-116 win on Sunday, but the team was understandably restrained after the win.
Orlando striker Jonathan Isaac suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a drive to the basket early in the fourth quarter, the magic announced Monday morning. After blowing past his defender along his circumference, Isaac’s knee seemed to nod as he grabbed the ball for a shot attempt. He took his knee in pain and the medical staff immediately ran to the floor.
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Isaac was taken off the field in a wheelchair and an MRI later revealed that he had torn his ACL. The 22-year-old had already missed much of the 2019-20 season prior to the game’s suspension with an injury to the same knee. Now he could miss most of the 2020-21 campaign.
After the Magic shared the unfortunate news, Isaac tweeted that his comeback will “be greater than my setback.”
IT IS WELL!!! 2 Kings 4! Thank you for all your prayers and concerns, I am encouraged. Remember that our God is not only a God of the hills, but also a God of the valleys! (2 Corinthians ch 4 vs 9!) MY COMEBACK WILL BE BIGGER THAN MY SETBACK !!!! I AM STILL IN JESUS NAME !!!! pic.twitter.com/9Icv0WULQ6
– Jonathan Isaac (@JJudahIsaac) August 3, 2020
Despite only playing in the NBA’s “bubble” for a few minutes, Isaac made a remarkable impression for a Magic team seeking to secure a playoff berth. In Friday’s win over the Nets, Isaac scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shots and took six rebounds in 16 minutes. He scored four runs, four assists, three rebounds and two steals against the Kings before the injury.
“He actually looked great and we were all very happy for him, especially since he is a great guy, a great teammate and we all have a lot of respect for him,” said magical center Nikola Vucevic. “It was very hard to see that he went down like that, especially when you know he just came back [from an injury]. “
Players from across the league provided support for Isaac on social media, including Kings forward Harry Giles, who ripped both of his high school ACLs.
“Just tell him to stay up and stay positive,” Giles said. “I hate to see that because it is difficult. I don’t really like talking too much about that. It’s just a shame, man, because he’s working and with the braces on. You hate to see him hurt again. “
Pray for my brother @JJudahIsaac that hurt my soul man! God has you and I know your faith is more than solid ❤️
– Harry Giles III (@HGiiizzle) August 3, 2020
Plz let everything come together and send JI all possible positive thoughts. 🙏🙏
– Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) August 3, 2020
Prayers to Jonathan Isaac.
– 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) August 3, 2020
Damn hate to see that. Worst part of sport … Get well soon bro @JJudahIsaac ✊🏽
– Larry Nance Jr (@ Larrydn22) August 3, 2020