BOSTON — Arron Afflalo didn’t participate in the Orlando Magic’s shootaround this morning at TD Garden because of his strained left calf, and he’s unlikely to play when the team faces the Boston Celtics tonight.
Afflalo aggravated his sore calf in last Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Pistons and has sat out the Magic’s last two games.
He is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 16.7 points per game.
In Wednesday’s 113-97 loss to the New York Knicks, coach Jacque Vaughn employed a starting lineup of Jameer Nelson at point guard, J.J. Redick at shooting guard, Maurice Harkless at small forward, Glen Davis at power forward and Nik Vucevic at center.
But with Davis out, likely to miss the rest of the season with a fractured left foot, Vaughn has some choices to make.
Hedo Turkoglu, a 6-foot-10 small forward who could play the four if Vaughn wants to go small, has played in each of the Magic’s last two games after he sat out nine games because he felt his surgically repaired left hand didn’t feel right.
Turkoglu started the second half of Orlando’s 113-97 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
“He gives us some versatility,” Vaughn said. “Do I want him guarding power forwards all the time? Probably not. But some teams will give us an opportunity where we can take advantage of his skills and play him at the four.”
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