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Magic’s Paolo Banchero sidelined vs. Mavericks with ankle injury – Boston Herald

Paolo Banchero will be sidelined for the first time in the Orlando Magic’s Wednesday home game vs. the Dallas Mavericks.

The Magic ruled Banchero out because of a sprained left ankle he suffered in Monday’s 134-127 loss to the Houston Rockets at Amway Center.

Coach Jamahl Mosley said Banchero’s status is considered day-to-day.

He was added to the team’s evening injury report Tuesday evening, listed as questionable until two hours before tipoff.

Banchero, the No. 1 pick in June’s draft, rolled the ankle on a drive to the basket with 2:51 remaining against the Rockets.

He finished the game, recording 30 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 12 of 14 on free throws to go with 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes.

He was one of five Magic players who had played in all 11 games entering Wednesday and one of three, along with Wendell Carter Jr. and Franz Wagner, to start every matchup.

Banchero is averaging a team-high 23.5 points, which also is the most among rookies and 21st among all players, to go with 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 34.6 minutes.

Two-way guard Kevon Harris also was ruled out because of a left rib contusion.

Cole Anthony (torn right internal oblique), Markelle Fultz (fractured left big toe), Gary Harris (left knee injury recovery), Jonathan Isaac (left knee injury recovery) and Moe Wagner (sprained right midfoot) remain sidelined.

Wednesday’s game will tip off at 5:30 p.m, 1 1/2 hours earlier than originally scheduled, because of Tropical Storm Nicole.

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