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Aaron Gordon (concussion) ruled out again for Magic on Tuesday

Aaron Gordon (concussion) ruled out again for Magic on Tuesday”

When Aaron Gordon suffered a hit almost a week ago that he still doesn't quite remember, the Orlando Magic power forward suffered his second concussion of the season.

As it turns out, it was quite a hit for the Magic as well.

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon has not cleared concussion protocol and will not play against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday.

Tonight's game figured to be hard for the Magic (20-47) even if Gordon could play. "Always, always, always want to play and too bad I can't play tonight", Gordon told reporters on Tuesday morning. "There's a chance Gordon will play tomorrow night against the Spurs", Robbins tweeted.

"Aaron Gordon went through the contact-practice phase of the National Basketball Association concussion protocol today, Frank Vogel said".

Gordon is eager to return but understands why there is a process.

"Of course, you want to be safe".

"These are the best players in the world", Gordon said. "I feel OK, but protocol is protocol for a reason". "You've got this little card test that finishes the protocol".

"If our guys are competitors, they will not look at this as the last game of a trip but [as] an opportunity to get a win", coach Frank Vogel said. "This is our opportunity to do that". San Antonio hasn't missed the postseason since the 1996-97 season, when Tim Duncan was a senior at Wake Forest. San Antonio has won just three of its past 14 games and has fallen back into the pack and into a scramble to earn a spot in the postseason.

Gordon still remains in the NBA's concussion protocol after he suffered symptoms following Orlando's freaky and controversial 108-107 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on March 7, but hearing news that was at least able to complete a full-contact practice with the Magic is certainly an encouraging sign.

LaMarcus Aldridge (knee) and Manu Ginobili (rest) missed the Houston game while star forward Kawhi Leonard remains out as he rehabs a right quad injury that's limited him to nine games this season.

He finished that contest but began experiencing concussion-like symptoms later that night.

The NBA's concussion protocol dictates that players must pass increasingly hard tests without experiencing symptoms before receiving full clearance to return to game action.

San Antonio and Orlando, two teams in desperate need of a victory to quell long losing streaks, meet on Tuesday in a some-one's-got-to-win-so-how-about-us game at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. He was back on the practice floor on Monday in San Antonio and held out hope that he would be able to play tonight.



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