Orlando Magic’s center Nikola Vucevic fractured a bone in his left hand and will need surgery. He has been ruled out indefinitely, the Magic announced via Twitter. He will likely be missing 6-8 weeks.
Injury Update: Nikola Vucevic has a fractured first metacarpal (left hand). Out indefinitely.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) December 24, 2017
Nikola Vucevic was taken out of the game with 6:57 left in the first quarter. Washington Wizards forward Otto Potter Jr attempted a steal but ended up hitting Nikola’s hand. As a result, he had to leave the game and get an x-ray for his hand. Later on in the game, it was announced that he will require surgery.
Orlando’s 130-109 loss to Washington adds on their losing streak. They’re now on an eight-game losing streak. The Magic have also been hit with several injuries during this season. They’re still without Evan Fournier after he suffered a sprained ankle; Aaron Gordon remains in concussion protocol; Jonathan Isaac has battled ongoing ankle issues all season; and Terrence Ross was beset by a right knee and leg injury last month.
Nikola was having a strong season thus far, averaging 17.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, and a career-high 3.6 assists. With the loss, Orlando now sits at 11-23. The young rising team will look to overcome another loss to their beat-up roster. They will play the Miami Heat on Tuesday, Dec. 26.