Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, who suffered a hyperextended left knee during the first quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards, will be out indefinitely and re-evaluated in eight-to-10 weeks.
Isaac underwent an MRI on Thursday, which revealed a posterior lateral corner injury and a medial bone contusion. The teams says that operative and non-operative treatments will be considered, adding that his return to action 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 had stolen the ball with 10 minutes left and was heading down court for a layup when he made contact with Wizards’ Bradley Beal. Isaac attempted to crossover with a Euro-step into the lane when he and Beal made contact. He then hit the floor and grabbed his left knee as he grimaced in pain.
He sat up a few minutes later and was taken off the court on a stretcher.
The third-year big man is averaging 12.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game (which ranks third in the NBA). He has been one of Orlando’s most consistent performers and kept the Magic in the Eastern Conference playoff mix throughout various injuries to the team’s frontline.
He is one of just two players in the league to rank in the top 11 in both blocked shots and steals.