Monday, November 16, 2009
Lewis, Carter return; Gortat sidelined
ESPN.com news services
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Monday was supposed to be the Orlando Magic's first game this season with every player in the lineup.
Rashard Lewis was making his return from suspension for testing positive for an elevated testosterone level. And guard Vince Carter and forwards Ryan Anderson and Mickael Pietrus were back after missing time with injuries.
But the Magic will have to wait a little longer to be at full strength.
Magic center Marcin Gortat has tested positive for the flu.
Coach Stan Van Gundy made the announcement after Gortat missed Orlando's 97-91 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.
A Magic spokesman says the team's medical staff sent a sample swab from Gortat to health officials to test for swine flu. That test could take up to two weeks.
Gortat is day to day. The reserve is averaging 4.4 points and 4.8 rebounds.
Orlando signed Gortat to a $34 million, five-year deal in the offseason. The Magic matched an offer sheet from the Mavericks to keep the restricted free agent.
The team used power forward Brandon Bass as center Dwight Howard's backup.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.