By John Denton
January 30, 2013
NEW YORK – For much of Wednesday, the Orlando Magic displayed the kind of grit and resiliency that head coach Jacque Vaughn has grown to love about this team. Guards Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick carried the offense, while the defense did its best to slow New York superstar Carmelo Anthony.
But as the game wore on, a devastating injury to Glen ``Big Baby’’ Davis further sabotaged the short-handed Magic, and attrition and a talent deficit won out, resulting in another lost night for Orlando.
Despite red-hot shooting and valiant efforts from Nelson and Redick, the Magic couldn’t keep pace with the Knicks more than a half, again gave up a flurry of fourth-quarter 3-pointers and lost 113-97 to New York.
Davis, who was in the midst of his finest season as a pro, was likely lost for the rest of the season when he fractured his left foot early in the game. The team found out about the news of the crippling injury midway through Wednesday’s game, sapping the life out of the squad.
``Injuries are a part of it and unfortunately it happened to (Davis),’’ said Nelson, a fellow co-captain. ``I just wish him the best. I gave him a hug, but there’s really nothing you can say to a man like that. I told him I’m here for him and I just hope everything goes well for him.’’
Davis, who had two points and three assists in his four minutes on the court, missed three-plus weeks in December and January because of a severely sprained left shoulder. He worked hard to return ahead of schedule and had been back for nine games before Wednesday’s injury. Davis was sent back to Orlando late Wednesday night for further evaluations.
``It’s really unfortunate because I know that he looked forward to this year,’’ Vaughn said. ``This was new territory for him (being a captain and a starter). So it’s really unfortunate for him to be hurt this year for multiple times.’’
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