Harris Out With Ankle Injury

Tobias Harris’ bid to make the upcoming season another breakout campaign could be put on hold for a brief time.

The Orlando Magic forward has been in a walking boot since last Sunday when he sprained his left ankle, and the joint will likely be mobilized well into next week because of lingering swelling and pain. That could put Harris’ availability for Tuesday’s season-opener in Indiana in jeopardy.

``I’m just trying to be as conscious as I can with my rehab and come in every day and get it better. Hopefully I’ll be back on the court soon,’’ Harris said on Friday. ``No timetable (to return), just keep doing the rehab and keep getting it better and keep checking in with the doctors and seeing when it’s OK for me to get back onto the floor.’’

Harris got injured during a practice in Houston two weeks ago when he was accidentally kicked in the ankle. Harris missed two preseason games and returned last Sunday when he reinjured his ankle again. When swelling arose again, he visited a doctor and was placed in a protective walking boot.

Harris had a breakout season with the Magic over the final 21 games of last year. He averaged 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Magic after Orlando traded for him. Harris spent most of his summer in Orlando, building up his body and working to better his game in hopes of even more production in the 2013-14 season. But now he’s in a holding pattern because of the sore ankle.

``There definitely was swelling. There’s no timetable, but I’m just trying to get back on the court as soon as I can,’’ he said. ``I’ve been in this boot. It is getting better and I’m trying to get it better.’’

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