Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac won’t be available for tonight’s road game against the Miami Heat, the team announced.
Isaac was ruled out because of left knee injury management, with Friday’s game being the first night of a back-to-back.
The Magic play the Chicago Bulls at Amway Center tomorrow.
“The decision we’ve talked about it, how his body responds to things, and obviously not playing on back-to-backs,” coach Jamahl Mosley said. “He’ll sit tonight and will most likely will be ready to go tomorrow.”
Isaac played his first NBA game in over 2 1/2 years in Monday’s win over the Boston Celtics, recording 10 points (4-for-7 shooting, 2 of 3 on 3-pointers), 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist in 10 minutes.
He had 5 points (2-for-4 shooting, 1 of 2 on 3s), 2 assists and 2 steals in 8 minutes in Wednesday’s win over the Indiana Pacers.
Not being available for both games of a back-to-back set is standard for players returning from lengthy injury absences.
The Magic officially assigned third-year guard R.J. Hampton and rookie forward Caleb Houstan to the organization’s G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic, Friday.
Lakeland plays back-to-back home games against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants today and tomorrow.
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