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Magic’s Wendell Carter Jr., Chuma Okeke out vs. 76ers with injuries – Boston Herald



Orlando Magic starting big man Wendell Carter Jr. and reserve forward Chuma Okeke won’t be available tonight vs. the Philadelphia 76ers, coach Jamahl Mosley said.

Neither went through shootaround this morning and were game-time decisions before being ruled out two hours ahead of tipoff.

Carter’s missed four of the last five games because of strained right plantar fascia — the soft tissue under the foot — while Okeke’s absence is his first of the season. He left Monday’s loss to the Pacers in Indianapolis with left knee soreness

Rookie forward Paolo Banchero and big man Moe Wagner are available to make their returns.

Banchero missed seven consecutive games because of a sprained left ankle in a Nov. 7 home loss to the Houston Rockets, while Wagner will make his season debut if he plays. He hasn’t played since spraining his right midfoot during the preseason win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 14.

Cole Anthony (torn right internal oblique), Markelle Fultz (fractured left big toe) and Jonathan Isaac (left knee injury recovery) also remain out.

The 76ers will be without three of their top scorers in Joel Embiid (sprained left mid-foot), Tyrese Maxey (fractured bone in left foot) and James Harden (strained tendon in right foot).

This story will be updated.

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Email Khobi Price at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.

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