Arron Afflalo will miss the rest of the regular season because of his hamstring injury. It's a strained hamstring.— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) March 23, 2013
Jameer Nelson said Arron Afflalo (right hamstring injury) "was in a lot of pain."— Josh Robbins (@JoshuaBRobbins) March 23, 2013
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.