Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic left Saturday night’s 130-103 loss to the Washington Wizards with a broken bone in his left index finger. He will be out six to eight weeks, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Vucevic was injured with about 7 minutes remaining in the first quarter. X-rays on Vucevic’s left hand revealed the fracture, and the Magic said he will undergo surgery at a date to be determined. After the game, Vucevic was seen with his finger protected by a splint and his left hand and wrist wrapped.
“I tried to get out,” Vucevic said. “As I went away I think he might [have] pulled my finger. I’m not sure. I heard it pop when it happened.”
With Vucevic out, Orlando is without 4 of its opening-night starters. Evan Fournier (ankle) and Aaron Gordon (calf), the Magic’s two leading scorers, are both sidelined with injuries; Fournier missed his eighth straight game and Gordon his fourth straight Saturday. Swingman Terrence Ross hasn’t played since injuring his knee Nov. 29. Point guard Elfrid Payton is the Magic’s only healthy starter.
“I’ve never been part of a team that had so many injuries, and most of them are for quite some time, so it’s very unfortunate,” Vucevic said. “And it happens to me tonight. It sucks. It looks like we can’t catch a break from injuries at all.”
Vucevic is averaging 17.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game this season for Orlando.