Orlando Magic forward Wes Iwundu was absolutely not a fan of Kyle Lowry's foul on Aaron Gordon as Iwundu suggests the Toronto Raptors guard committed a dirty foul. Magic forward Gordon exited Wednesday's game against the Raptors early in the third quarter due to left hamstring tightness and never returned to the game.
The injury occurred after Lowry fouled hard Gordon on a dunk attempt it all caused Gordon's left leg to extend high as he was falling. After a review, Lowry's foul was upgraded to flagrant 1 and he and Gordon exchanged words as the Magic forward was heading to the locker room for further examination.
"It was definitely an out-of-place foul, I would say, man," Iwundu said, as quoted on ESPN. "I don't have no respect for that, honestly. You know AG is a competitor, and at the end of the day, he's gonna react a little way.
It's a part of the game, but I just think it could have been handled a little different. "Moving forward, man, we've got to protect each other. Everyone involved in the game has to protect each other, including whoever else might be in control of reffing the game or whatever.
We've just got to make sure we're protecting all players." Just several days ago, the Magic lost rising star Jonathan Isaac for the season due to a horrific season-ending ACL injury. "It would be a huge hit for us," Magic coach Steve Clifford said, referring to possible upcoming games missed by Gordon.
Ben Simmons also suffers an injury
Philadelphia 76ers guard Simmons suffered a left knee injury mid-way through the third quarter of the game against the Washington Wizards and he didn't return to the game. The 76ers beat the Wizards 107-98 but the Simmons injury cast shadow on their win.
"We don't know," Sixers coach Brett Brown said after the game, when asked for a further update on Simmons' status. "I'm sure the club will make some statement about his departure from the floor soon.
"More than that I don't know. But I'm very curious to hear what that news is." Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the early indication on Simmons' injury were encouraging since there was no swelling or pain shortly after the injury occurred. Simmons, the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year, left the arena dressed in street clothes and walking very gingerly.