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Hedo Turkoglu out 3 weeks due to surgery for facial fractures

Apr 6, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York Reuters

UPDATE 9:55 pm: Hedo Turkoglu will need surgery for a broken bone in his cheek he got from an inadvertent elbow from Carmelo Anthony Thursday night, the team announced.

He will have the surgery on Saturday and will be re-evaluated right before the playoffs start. Again, we’d say this could have a big impact on their playoff chances if other issues were not having a much bigger impact on their playoff chances.

4:11 pm: Because the Magic really needed another thing to go wrong right now…

Hedo Turkoglu is out for the Magic on Saturday for sure and maybe much longer based on this tweet from Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:

Magic small forward Hedo Turkoglu tells Sentinel he might need surgery to repair fractures in right cheekbone.

Ouch.

Turkoglu was banged around pretty good Thursday, pretty much like the Magic team at the hands of the Knicks. Turkoglu fell early on his elbow and later needed stitches to close a cut under his eye.

Turns out, may be a little more than that.

Hard to imagine he misses a lot of games whether he needs surgery or not, but Hedo may want to call Kobe Bryant and Richard Hamilton to discuss mask makers and styles.

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