Insider: Hedo Turkoglu Set To Return

Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu, who has not played since being inadvertently hit with a Carmelo Anthony elbow on April 5, looks like he is going to play in Thursday’s season finale in Memphis and could even play Wednesday night when the Magic host the Charlotte Bobcats.

Turkoglu is having some trouble fitting the protective mask he’ll have to wear according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.

Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy said Turkoglu is more likely to play in Thursday’s game.

“[I’ll] hopefully try to give it a shot tomorrow night,” Turkoglu told reporters.

Turkoglu’s face is still numb but he told Paul Kennedy he’ll “play as hard” as he can once he returns.

As we mentioned yesterday, Turkoglu, who has missed the last nine games, is averaging 10.7 points, 4.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. He’s shooting just 41.1% from the field, the third-lowest number of his career.

(Andrew Melnick is the Magic and NBA Insider, co-host of the ESPN 1080 Insiders Show and publisher of Howard the Dunk. The Insiders Show can be heard Sunday mornings at 10:00 am EST on AM 1080 in Orlando and on You can follow Andrew on twitter here.)