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Magic’s Nikola Vucevic has concussion, likely out a week or more

Jan 7, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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During the third quarter of the Magic’s blowout loss to the Clippers Monday night, Nikola Vucevic went up to try and block a Blake Griffin shot, ended up getting flipped and took a hard fall where he landed on his side and his head hit the floor.

Vucevic suffered a concussion and the Orlando big man is likely out at least a week, tweets John Denton of the Magic’s official Web site. Vucevic is now in the league’s concussion protocol, where he will have to pass a series of mental tests (based on a baseline from an earlier test he took) to show he is symptom free plus do that after undergoing a series of increasingly physically demanding tests.

Vucevic is averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds a game for the Magic, playing well on a struggling team and looking like one of the guys they could count on as a long-term part of the core being built there.

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This is Vucevic’s second concussion in as many seasons. He missed five games last year.

With him out look for Andrew Nicholson, Glen Davis, Jason Maxiell, and even Tobias Harris to get a little extra run.

  1. monkeyhateclean - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Sucky. This kid has massive potential, love watching him play. He could easily surpass Lopez as the best C in the East in the next couple years, and with Oladipo, the Magic just need a couple hits in the draft or FA and they’ll have a nice core to build around.

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