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Report: Aaron Gordon leaves bubble due to injury, aftermath of protests

Magic PF hasn’t played in the postseason due to injury. The Bucks and Magic are expected to play Game 5 over the weekend.

Michael Carter-Williams, Aaron Gordon and D.J. Augustin of the Orlando Magic arrive to the arena before Round One, Game Five of the NBA Playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks on August 26, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at AdventHealth Arena.  Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Orlando Magic PF Aaron Gordon has left the NBA bubble in Orlando due to his lingering hamstring injury as well as the aftermath of the protests over the past few days, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Thursday.

Gordon hasn’t played since the middle of the seeding round after sustaining a hamstring injury. He had been questionable for most of the first round against the Milwaukee Bucks. With the Bucks up 3-1 in the series and in light of recent events surrounding the protests of the playoffs, Gordon has left the bubble. Through various reports the past few days, it’s clear that players are emotionally drained and tensions are quite high.

The playoffs are expected to resume sometime in the next two days, either Friday or Saturday. Gordon’s absence doesn’t impact much for the Magic. He hasn’t played all playoffs along with Michael Carter-Williams, who is also expected to be out. So Gary Clark will continue to start at PF for Orlando.