Jonathan Isaac Injury Update
ORLANDO - Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, who suffered a hyperextended left knee at 9:57 of the first quarter in Orlando’s 122-101 win at Washington on Jan. 1, underwent an MRI today which revealed a posterior lateral corner injury and a medial bone contusion.
Isaac will be out indefinitely and re-evaluated in eight-to-10 weeks. Operative and non-operative treatments will be considered and his return to the court will depend on how he responds to treatment and rehabilitation.
“While this certainly is disappointing news, there was no damage to his ACL, MCL and PCL ligaments,” said Orlando Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman. “All signs point to a complete recovery and this should not impact his future growth.”
Isaac (6’10”, 230, 10/3/97) has played and started in 32 games this season for Orlando, averaging 12.0 ppg., 6.9 rpg., 1.4 apg., a team-high 2.44 blkpg. and a team-high 1.56 stlpg. in 29.7 minpg.
An early candidate for the NBA All-Defensive Team, Isaac leads the NBA in “stocks”, a combination of total steals and blocks with 128, ranks fourth in the league in blocked shots, tied for 11th in steals, ranks 17th in steals-to-turnover ratio (1.06, 50/47) and tied for 39th in rebounding. As of Jan. 2, Isaac is one of only two players in the NBA to rank in the top 11 in both blocked shots and steals.