Jonathan Isaac makes NBA return, scores 10 points in first game since 2020: ‘Have to thank Christ’

Orlando Magic ahead Jonathan Isaac made his long-awaited return to an NBA court docket Monday evening towards the Boston Celtics, scoring 10 factors in a 113-98 win for the Magic. 

Isaac performed in his first NBA sport since Aug. 2, 2020, when the previous No. 6 general decide tore his ACL within the NBA’s bubble in Orlando. 

Orlando guard Cole Anthony, proper, hugs ahead Jonathan Isaac, left, after profitable the Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic NBA sport on the Amway Heart in Orlando on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Orlando received the sport 113-98. 
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After lacking two full seasons and half of the 2022-23 marketing campaign, Isaac lastly was allowed to swimsuit up, taking part in on a minutes restriction towards Boston. 

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“There have been days the place I used to be like I do not know if I wish to hold going,” Isaac stated after the sport, in keeping with ESPN. “However then once more, I’ve to thank Christ. With the ability to return to my religion and say God has me on this journey for a function. I do know that I used to be made to play basketball. I used to be made to offer glory to God on this stage.”

The previous Florida State product made two of his three three-point makes an attempt, grabbing three rebounds and including two steals as Orlando beat the highest group within the Jap Convention for the third time this season. 

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“The league may be unforgiving,” Boston interim coach Joe Mazzulla stated.  “Guys with accidents undergo ups and downs. For him to battle via for the final two years, and mentally and bodily work at it every day, that’s a win.

Jonathan Isaac, #1 of the Orlando Magic, drives to the basket during the game against the Boston Celtics on Jan. 23, 2023 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. 

Jonathan Isaac, #1 of the Orlando Magic, drives to the basket in the course of the sport towards the Boston Celtics on Jan. 23, 2023 at Amway Heart in Orlando, Florida. 
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“There’s a lot happening within the league on a regular basis. Guys are getting stronger and larger and sooner on a regular basis, and so to have the ability to play at such a stage with such adversity, I feel is spectacular. You’ve got to have the ability to embrace that on this league, as a result of there’s a number of change happening continuously.”

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Isaac first injured his knee in January 2020 earlier than returning for Orlando’s video games within the NBA bubble, which was created on account of COVID-19.

In his second sport after coming back from a hyperextended left knee, Isaac tore his ACL towards the Sacramento Kings, inflicting him to overlook 211 straight video games as he went via rehab. 

Jonathan Isaac, #1 of the Orlando Magic, looks on during a game against the Boston Celtics at Amway Center on Jan. 23, 2023 in Orlando, Florida. 

Jonathan Isaac, #1 of the Orlando Magic, seems on throughout a sport towards the Boston Celtics at Amway Heart on Jan. 23, 2023 in Orlando, Florida. 
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Isaac performed in three video games for Orlando’s G League affiliate earlier than suiting up for the Magic Monday evening. 

“It felt incredible,” he stated. “Tonight is barely scratching the floor of what this group is attempting to be. I actually do imagine the sky is the restrict.”