Jan 3, 2011, 5:05 PM EST
Coach Stan Van Gundy said team physician Craig Mintzer and another doctor have reviewed the scans of Bass’ knee, and the doctors aren’t convinced that the burly power forward has a torn meniscus. So, for the time being, the team will attempt to treat the discomfort in Bass’ knee without surgery…
“I don’t think it’s going to prevent me from playing,” Bass said. “Well, I hope not. I’m going to go out tonight and see how I feel and see if I can give it a try.”
Bass has been key during the Magic resurgence, giving them some needed grit and rebounding along the front line with Dwight Howard. He can defend, play some five and knock down the midrange.
It’s a tough spot. If he ends up needing surgery he needs to get it now so he can be fully back for the playoffs (but the Magic would be forced to act fast to trade for front line help). If he doesn’t need it then it’s just a question of pain management. The choice is not an easy one.
If he can’t play any particular games, look for Hedo Turkoglu to start at the four for Orlando.
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