Daniel Orton injures knee — again – this time in D-League stint

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The Orlando Magic send Daniel Orton, their first-round draft pick out of Kentucky, down to the D-League to let him rehabilitate his knee and start to mold the raw lump of potential into something the Magic could use.

Except two games in to his D-League stint in New Mexico, he injured his left knee, according to FanHouse. That is the same knee he had surgery on this summer.

The severity of the injury is not known, he will get an MRI in Orlando. However, any injury to a surgically repaired knee is not good news (and the fact they are flying him back to Orlando suggests it’s something more serious).

Orton had a dozen points and 13 rebounds in his D-League debut Friday night. The Magic drafted Orton at No. 29 on potential — he did not play a lot at Kentucky, not like the school’s big names like John Wall or DeMarcus Cousins. But the Magic could be patient, they have a pretty good player at center right now.

That wait may be longer than expected.

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.