Magic Guard Arron Afflalo Out for Season With Strained Hamstring

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2013

The Orlando Magic are shutting down shooting guard Arron Afflalo for the season. As Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports, the guard will miss the rest of the season with a strained hamstring:

Robbins tweeted Friday night that Magic teammate Jameer Nelson said Afflalo was in a lot of pain after he was pulled from that night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder:

Of course, it's reasonable to assume that there are contributing factors to a slow approach with Afflalo. The Magic are a miserable 18-52 with just 12 games left in the regular season. Only the Charlotte Bobcats have a worse record at 16-52.

Afflalo has been about the only bright spot in the team's lineup this season. The former UCLA guard has started 64 games and leads the team in scoring at 16.5 points per game on 43.9 percent shooting. He's also averaging 3.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.

Afflalo will likely be replaced by Beno Udrih in the starting five. Udrih has played in 15 games this season and is averaging eight points per contest.

The Magic are currently on a six-game losing streak and just 2-8 in their last 10 games. With the Bobcats only two games ahead of them in the race for last place, losing Afflalo for the season makes the Magic a serious contender to have the most ping-pong balls in the hopper when the NBA draft lottery rolls around.

The Magic will take on the red-hot Miami Heat on Monday to start the final stretch of the season without Afflalo.

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