Orlando Magical rookie forward Paolo Bunchera will likely be out for at least another week with a sprained left ankle.

Banchero, who will miss his fifth straight game with an injury in the Magic’s road game against the Bulls on Friday, did not travel with the team Thursday.

He told the Orlando Sentinel beforehand Wednesday’s home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. that his ankle has progressed since the first injury, but he still feels pain, adding that this is the first time he has injured it.

His return will ultimately depend on how he responds to rehab and treatment, but he expects to be out at least another 1-1.5 weeks.

After the game against the Bulls on Saturday and Monday, the Magic will play the Pacers in Indianapolis.

Their first game after Thanksgiving is against the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 25 at the Amway Center.

Banchero, the No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft, was initially added to the team’s injury report on Nov. 8 after rolling his ankle on a drive to the basket with 2:51 left. a home loss to the Houston Rockets November 7.

He finished the game but was in significant pain the next day.

Banchero practiced on Saturday and coach Jamal Mosley said, “He went through all the drills we put him through.”

Asked if Bunchero was sore after Saturday’s practice, Mosley said, “Yeah, I think guys really react differently to what they’re going through on the rehab side.”

“That’s why we always talk about not putting deadlines on things,” added Mosley. “Boys react differently to what they experience. It’s the first real ankle injury for a young guy and we want to make sure we do it the right way and smartly as he goes through his rehab.”

Banchero is averaging 23.5 points, the most among rookies, and is averaging 8.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 34.6 minutes (11 games).

This article first appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com. Write Khobi Price at khprice@orlandosentinel.com or follow him on Twitter at @khobi_price.



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