Denton: Turk's Injury Status Update
By John Denton
November 5, 2012
ORLANDO – Orlando Magic veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu might be wise to steer clear of airport metal detectors after another unfortunate injury on the basketball court.
When Turkoglu broke the fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand on Friday he needed surgery that required five screws and a metal plate being inserted into the outside of his hand. That comes just eight months after Turkoglu fractured a bone near his eye socket and needed another metal plate and more pins to repair the damage.
``It started right here (at the face) and now it’s going down. I really hope that will be the last one,’’ Turkoglu said with a laugh.
The second-longest-tenured player on the Magic will be wearing a bulky splint on his left arm and hand for the next two weeks while the broken bone heals. Doctors are projecting that Turkoglu will miss a minimum of four weeks, something that would result in him being out of 14 Magic games.
Turkoglu is hoping that some intensive rehabilitation will allow him to keep the time away to a minimum. He hopes to do as much cardiovascular work as possible while away so that he’s in shape upon his return.
``Right now it’s still swollen, so we’ll have to see how the rehab goes and go from there,’’ Turkoglu said. ``We’re trying to do a lot of movement with it so the hand won’t get stiff. And there are some (therapies) for blood movement. I’ll still be able to do conditioning on the bike and lower-body exercises, but I can’t do a lot of running because they don’t want me to move my hand for two weeks until it’s healed 100 percent. I’ll be doing a lot of hand exercises, squeezing stuff and opening up the hand to hopefully decrease the swelling.’’
Turkoglu injured his hand in the third quarter of the opener against Denver when he swiped down while trying to contest a Danilo Gallinari shot and banged his hand. He immediately clutched his hand and was in pain, but it wasn’t until seconds later when he knew his hand was seriously injured.
``After I fouled him I thought it was just a hit. But when Jameer (Nelson) passed me the ball I just couldn’t catch it,’’ said Turkoglu, who had six points and two steals before getting injured. ``It felt like something was wrong. When we went inside and took the X-ray it was obvious that it was broken.’’
Turkoglu said missing out on the Magic’s unselfish and inspiring style of play makes dealing with another injury even more difficult. But he said he has confidence that the Magic can keep winning as he works to get back on the court.
``I was upset that it happened in the first game and Opening Night. But it’s just part of the job and we have to face these kinds of injuries,’’ he said. ``I’m just happy for the guys who are doing a great job out there. As long as we share the ball, every night someone different will step up and have a good night. One night it’s been J.J. (Redick) and before it was (Glen) Big Baby (Davis). In our offense, everybody will feel the momentum and have good nights. I’m just really happy for them.’’
John Denton writes for OrlandoMagic.com. John has covered the Magic since 1997. E-mail John at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JohnDenton555.
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