Orlando Magic striker Jonathan Isaac tore the ACL in his left knee on Sunday, the team said.
Isaac drove down the alley and jumped between two defenders against the kings. Then he immediately fell unaffected by the pain as he clutched his left knee 9:19 in the fourth quarter during the Magic’s 132-116 victory.
Isaac had his head in his hands when he was rolled off the court with Jeff Weltman, Magic’s president of Magic.
It was Isaac’s second game since stretching his left knee in Washington on January 1st. Isaac, who missed 31 games due to the injury, left the game on Sunday with 4 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in 15 minutes.
Though magic made the kings run away, the Orlando bench was muffled after Isaac’s injury.
“It was tough, man,” said teammate Aaron Gordon. “That brought me to tears, right away – just because I know how good a JI guy is and how hard he works and how hard he has worked to get back since he injured himself in DC. That was it hard.”
The great man of the kings, Harry Giles III, who tore up both ACLs in high school and underwent left knee surgery before starting his college career at Duke, said he had spoken briefly to Isaac before he hit the ground had left.
“Just tell him to stay up, stay positive,” said Giles. “I just hate to see it because it’s difficult. I don’t really like talking about it too much. It’s just unfortunate, man, because he worked and the braces were on. You hate him again to see hurt. “
Tim Bontemps and Nick Friedell from ESPN contributed to this report.