Magic's Terrence Ross Leaves NBA Bubble for Non-COVID-19 Testing; Out vs. Nets

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2020

Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross (31) brings the ball up against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)
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The Orlando Magic announced Monday that guard Terrence Ross left the NBA campus at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday for a "personal, non-COVID medical matter, which required him to undergo some off-site tests as advised by league physicians."

The team said Ross is unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Brooklyn Nets.

His return to action will depend upon the resolution of his medical matter and the league's coronavirus quarantining protocols.

Ross, 29, has had another solid season for the Magic, providing a much-needed scoring bump off the bench. He's averaging 14.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 69 appearances, shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from three.

He's the team's third-leading scorer behind center Nikola Vucevic (19.7 PPG) and guard Evan Fournier (18.5 PPG).

The good news for the Magic is they have clinched a playoff berth and are locked into the No. 8 seed. They won't have to worry about a play-in series either with the Washington Wizards 7.5 games behind them in the standings.

However, heading into the first-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks without a key scorer like Ross would be a concern. Granted, Orlando will be prohibitive underdogs against the Bucks regardless, and even winning a game in that series would come as a surprise. But the uphill battle would become a mountain without Ross.