Clifford does not expect to be cleared for Sunday’sagainst Indiana, though no final determination has been made yet. He may be able to coach in Monday’s home game against the Los Angeles Lakers, by then.
Clifford initially tested joyous. He returned two negative tests Friday, giving hope that the first positive was a false result, then learned Saturday afternoon that a .
“I feel fine,” Clifford said Saturday evening. “I have no temperature. I feel 100%.
If Clifford cannot coach, Magic assistant Tyrone Corbin will take his place.
Clifford has received both doses of the, getting the second one on Thursday. He said he has experienced no side effects from getting the vaccine. He is not yet considered “fully vaccinated” by have not passed since his final dose.
He had dealt with some health issues in the past, including missing 21 games during the 2017-18 season when he coached in Charlotte after problems caused bypresented themselves. He left a in March 2020 after experiencing dizziness caused by dizziness dehydration.
“Iin danger,” Clifford said. “That with my temperature, my oxidation numbers, how I feel, I have no right now, I’m very comfortable with that.”
Clifford’s situation is just the latest in a series of challenges for the Magic this, following a trade-deadline franchise restart with the trades of Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Evan Fournier, along with Markelle Fultz being lost early in the season to a knee injury and Jonathan Isaac missing the entire year with a knee injury he sustained in the NBA’s restart bubble last August.
Orlando was the NBA’s last team to remain unbeaten at the beginning of the season, getting off to a 4-0 start. The Magic were 6-2 after an early January sweep of a two-game 18 games, and it’s only gotten worse from there.
Their longestin the last two months has been two games. They’ve lost 10 of their previous 11 and at 18-41, just a half-game ahead of Detroit for the worst mark in the Eastern Conference.
“It’s been a guys either. As a head coach, the easy thing to do for me is to , ‘Oh, woe is me.’ But our guys are trying hard. … I want them to get the most out of these last 13 as they can.”. “But you have to evaluate things and self-reflect, and this is not easy for
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