OAKLAND, Calif. — An MRI exam Friday on Jason Richardson's injured left knee brought some good news for the Orlando Magic.
A team spokesman said the test revealed Richardson only has a bone bruise, and team officials are labeling the starting shooting guard's status as "day-to-day."
Richardson injured his knee with about nine minutes remaining in Orlando's 117-109 victory Thursday night over the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. It appeared that Richardson initially stepped on the right foot of Warriors power forward David Lee. But after the game ended, Richardson said he had no idea how he hurt himself.
"I thought I bumped knees, but I didn't have that feeling when you have a bumped knee, where there's just pain and soreness," Richardson said. "It was more [that] I couldn't push off."
If Richardson can't play Monday against the New York Knicks, he almost certainly would be replaced in the starting lineup by J.J. Redick. And, in turn, swingman Von Wafer would see even more time and spell Redick.
Wafer, who has been with the Magic only one month since he was included in the sign-and-trade deal for Glen Davis, hit some big fourth-quarter baskets against the Sacramento Kings and the Warriors.
"We've been trying to use him," coach Stan Van Gundy said of Wafer.
"Offensively, he's a good player. Now, defensively, he knows he's got a lot of work to do, and I think that's sort of his ticket to consistent playing time: making fewer and fewer mistakes at the defensive end of the floor."
Wafer played at Florida State, and when he was with the Seminoles, coach Leonard Hamilton often said Wafer needed to improve his defense. A superb shooter and an explosive leaper, Wafer always has been a dangerous offensive player.
Dwight Howard aspires one day to be considered one of the sport's all-time greats, just like his basketball idol, Wilt Chamberlain.
In the win over the Warriors, Howard broke Chamberlain's regular-season NBA record for free-throw attempts in a game. Chamberlain attempted 34 foul shots in a game on Feb. 22, 1962. On Thursday, Howard went 21 for 39 from the line and tied a career high with 45 points.
Howard said it was a "humbling experience" to break a record Chamberlain had held for nearly half a century.
"He played a long time ago," Howard said, chuckling.
"I don't think nobody's going to catch the 100-points record. But he's my favorite player. Every night, I just picture myself playing against those guys, because that's what I want to be when I finish playing."
In addition to his 45 points, Howard also gathered 23 rebounds.
It was the first 40-20 game of his pro career.
And, according to Stats Inc., it was the NBA's first 40-20 game since March 21, 2003. That day, Shaquille O'Neal went off for 48 points and 20 rebounds for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics.
No player had scored at least 40 points and collected at least 20 rebounds against the Warriors since Nov. 24, 1989, when Patrick Ewing scored 48 and grabbed 24 boards.
Ewing is a Magic assistant coach.
Lots of attention
Howard faced some questions about Golden State's reported interest in acquiring him in a trade even though Howard and his agent have made it clear he has no desire to sign long-term with the Warriors.
"It's humbling to have teams interested in me to come to their city and play," Howard said.
"Fans all over want me to play on their team. It's great. It's an experience that I'll never forget. No matter what happens, I'm just going to go out and continue to do what I can to help the team that I'm on now win a championship. That's my only goal."
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