Suggs hurt, Magic drop playoff game 2 to the Cavaliers 86-96

CLEVELAND — Magic guard Jalen Suggs put no weight on his left leg as he was carried by teammates to Orlando‘s locker room late in the first quarter of Game 2 against the Cavs on Monday night.

Somehow, someway he was able to return to the court to start the third quarter but that didn’t change the final result in the second game of the best-of-seven series between Orlando and Cleveland.

Orlando, Florida, USA, March 17, 2024, Orlando Magic guard Jalen Suggs #4 rushes forward during the first half at the Kia Center. (Photo Credit: Marty Jean-Louis)

As the Magic did in Saturday’s Game 1 that they lost by 14, Jamahl Mosley’s squad trailed the entire night in the 96-86 loss at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

“It’s going to be just fine,” Suggs told reporters in Orlando’s locker room about his left knee that he strained in the first quarter. “We play Thursday at 7 and I’m going to be present.”

As for the game, the Cleveland Cavaliers earned a 2-0 series lead after beating the Orlando Magic in Game 2 of the 2024 NBA Playoffs.

The beginning of the game went pretty back-and-forth, but in the middle of the quarter, Jalen Suggs suffered a knee strain that held him out for the rest of the first half. The Cavs went on a 14-5 run to end the quarter and build a double-digit lead.

From there, it was all Cavs as the Magic struggled once again to hit shots, much like their Game 1 struggles. As a team, the Magic shot 36.3 percent from the field and made just 9 of 35 of their 3-point attempts.

The Magic are getting their first taste of the postseason, and to do so in a hostile environment like Cleveland only adds to the challenge. Perhaps a return home to the Kia Center will help the Magic get back into the series.

Game 3 is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.


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