Tuesday , Mar , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Orlando’s Turkoglu expected to be sidelined for rest of season

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu is expected
to miss the rest of the season because of a broken left wrist suffered in the
fourth quarter of Monday’s loss to Charlotte.

Turkoglu, who was re-examined by team doctors on Tuesday morning, has an
estimated recovery time of six-to-eight weeks for this type injury. That time
period would extend past the regular season for the Magic, who play their
final regular-season game on April 20.

The Turkish-born Turkoglu had played in all 67 games for the Magic this
season, averaging a career-best 14.0 points-per-game to go along with 3.5
rebounds and 2.3 assists. He leads the team in three-point shooting with a 38
percent clip from the floor.

Turkoglu’s injury could have not come at a worse time for struggling Orlando,
which has dropped eight of its last nine games to fall to 32-25 and trails
Philadelphia (32-34) by a half-game for the eighth and final playoff spot in
the Eastern Conference.

The Magic recently fired coach Johnny Davis and named Chris Jent as interim
coach to perhaps provide a spark for a club that has been hurt by the recent
absence of star point guard Steve Francis.

Francis has one game remaining of a three-game suspension that was handed down
by the NBA after the guard kicked a photographer during Friday’s 98-90 loss at
Seattle.

ORL