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Cole Anthony suffers oblique injury as Orlando’s health woes worsen

Magic teammates Markelle Fultz and Cole Anthony

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 19: Cole Anthony #50 hi-fives Markelle Fultz #20 of the Orlando Magic during the game against the Charlotte Hornets on December 19, 2020 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Is playing point guard for the Orlando Magic the most dangerous job in the NBA?

Since Markelle Fultz fractured his left big toe a month ago, Jalen Suggs has injured his knee, returned from the knee injury and injured his ankle, which now has him sidelined indefinitely. Now, Cole Anthony has suffered an oblique muscle injury and a timetable will be determined as he undergoes further evaluation, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

The team then announced on Twitter that Anthony underwent imaging after Orlando lost to Cleveland on Wednesday night, which confirmed the injury and justifies his 2-for-10 shooting night from the floor.

RJ Hampton, Terrence Ross and Kevon Harris, who is on a two-way contract, are the only guards healthy for Orlando, with Hampton as the only one that will play point guard. The Magic will have to rely heavily on their frontcourt size and playmaking from the forward spots to get their first win of the season. Franz Wagner and rookie sensation Paolo Banchero are both capable playmakers that stand 6’10”, with Wagner averaging 4.0 assists on the season and Banchero averaging 3.2.

Fultz said before his injury that he believed Orlando could be the 4th best team in the East this season. Unfortunately, the injury bug has prevented them from getting off to a good start, as they join the Lakers and Kings as the only teams without a win to start the season.