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Magic rookies return, Markelle Fultz enters starting lineup against Cavaliers – The Denver Post

Orlando Magic rookie Jalen Suggs returned to the roster Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers after missing the previous 10 games with a right ankle bruise.

Fellow rookie Franz Wagner also returned to the lineup after missing Sunday’s loss to the New York Knicks with a sprained left ankle, but his time on the floor didn’t last long.

Wagner sprained his left ankle 7 minutes into the first quarter before being sent off for the rest of the game. Sunday’s absence was Wagner’s first.

For the first time since returning from her torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in late February, Markelle Fultz has started, joining Suggs, Wagner, Chuma Okeke and Mo Bamba.

Cole Anthony (sprained left toe) and Wendell Carter Jr. (sprained left wrist), who usually start, sat out with injuries.

With the Magic entering Tuesday tied for the league’s worst record, it would have been understandable — and some might have expected — for Suggs and Wagner to sit out for the rest of the season.

But Magic coach Jamahl Mosley had been adamant that if the players were healthy enough to play, they would be on the field.

“It’s huge for our guys to go a full season,” Mosley said, “so when they do those summer workouts and they go through drills, they understand exactly what it takes to bring their bodies in a space where they can stay healthy all year round.

Suggs, the No. 5 pick in last year’s draft, averaged 12.1 points (36.1 percent shooting), 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds.

He was sidelined for 20 games earlier in the season after fracturing his right thumb (shooting hand), limiting him to 46 games.

“What I’d like to see from him is more of a sense of poise and patience,” Mosley said of Suggs. “We’re talking about not trying to get it all back in one game. He can play with the same intensity because you don’t want a guy to be shy. You want him to go out there with the same intensity he’s had all year, but also understand that you have to let the game come to him.

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