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Orlando Magic starting big man Wendell Carter Jr. didn’t play in Monday’s road game vs. the Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

He didn’t participate in the team’s morning shoot around and was a gametime decision before being ruled out 2½ hours ahead of tipoff because of a strained right plantar fascia (soft tissue under the foot) for his third absence in four games because of the injury.

Coach Jamahl Mosley said Carter didn’t go through his pregame routine before being ruled out.

“All I know is that it was hurting this morning,” Mosley said. “I’d rather error on the side of caution vs. him trying to test it again.”

Carter told the Orlando Sentinel he plans to get his foot looked at by a doctor once the team returns to Central Florida.

He hopes to be available for Friday’s home game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers at Amway Center.

Carter also was a gametime decision for Saturday’s loss to the Pacers but was ruled out less than an hour before tipoff after attempting to go through his pregame warmup.

“A combination of both,” Mosley previously said when asked if Carter’s ailment is more about pain management vs. further injuring the foot. “There’s pain there — a lot of pain there. He’s playing through it, which is something he’s done before. Just making sure it doesn’t get any worse.”

Carter told the Sentinel ahead of Friday’s road win over the Chicago Bulls that he had been dealing with his injury for 5-6 games before being sidelined for the first time during Wednesday’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

He had 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in 34 minutes Friday.

“It just got really bad last game and just didn’t feel comfortable getting out there,” he added. “Knowing my body, knowing when I got pain I’m going to start favoring stuff, I didn’t want to end up hurting something else because I’m favoring something on my foot.

“There’s really no specific thing you can put on it to stop it from hurting. It’s just about tolerance, putting heat on it and stuff like that.”

Monday’s Magic-Pacers matchup was the second in three nights in Indianapolis.

It was the Magic’s first “baseball-style series” of the season — when two teams play consecutive games at the same venue with no travel in between.

They have five more of these series remaining: vs. 76ers in Orlando (Friday and Sunday); vs. Toronto Raptors in Orlando (Dec. 9 and 11); at Celtics in Boston (Dec. 16 and 18); at 76ers in Philadelphia (Jan. 30 and Feb. 1); vs. Cavaliers in Orlando (April 4 and 6).

“I love these situations,” Mosley said. “They do teach a young team how [to] adjust and what adjustments you need to make. Did you do the game plan correctly? Or was it some of your own mistakes that you made or the things you did right? You’re able to assess it right away.”

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Getty New York Jets quarterback Mike White celebrates with center Connor McGovern in Week 12.

Everyone seems to love Mike White — and that appears to go double for his New York Jets teammates.

When Gang Green touched down in Minnesota ahead of their Week 13 matchup with the Vikings, there was a pretty noticeable theme. It involved White’s face plastered across the chests of his colleagues.

wait for it…

— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 3, 2022

Jets Go Viral in Mike White Shirts Ahead of Vikings Game

The Jets Twitter account released the video, which currently has over 2,600 likes and 450-plus shares. Within it, wide receiver Braxton Berrios and tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin are all seen rocking White gear — but they’re probably not the only three.

The shirt from Smack Apparel features White’s winking face with the quote: “MIKE F’N WHITE.”

This comes days after the Jets’ new starting quarterback began this trend with a Ty Johnson graphic tee during a press conference on December 1. Of course, White didn’t come to Minnesota empty-handed either.

#Jets QB Mike White meeting media … in a Ty Johnson t-shirt. Can see why guys love this dude ????

— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) December 1, 2022

At the tail-end of the clip, you see White coming into the frame behind Conklin. The camera operator pauses for a moment, allowing the NYJ signal-caller to show off his official Tyler Conklin T-shirt.

Say what you want about his game, but it’s hard to knock White’s personality. There’s a reason why he’s beloved by his Jets teammates and that fact is becoming hard to ignore.

Did Sam Darnold’s Mono Lead to Mike White Fever?

ESPN’s Rich Cimini posted an article on December 2 with a headline that read: “How a case of mono helped the New York Jets discover Mike White.”

The entire story was fascinating and it’s worth a full skim if you have the time, but there were also some interesting bullet points within that explain why teammates appreciate White.

“White quickly gained a reputation as a diligent worker, on and off the field, according to former teammates and coaches,” relayed Cimini. “They described him as serious, but personable. He ran the scout-team offense against the starting defense.”

Then came the direct quotes, including one from former Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland. “He was always consistent in his manner and demeanor. He was always a great person, great teammate and always worked his tail off. Those are the things that stick out. You could count on Mike to be himself. He didn’t have bad days in terms of his outside personality and his demeanor toward the rest of the team. He didn’t mope. He didn’t do things like that. I think that’s going to be huge for him now. Watching him have success, it’s extremely earned.”

A former staffer also referred to him as “smart, focused and a pleaser.” Continuing: “He wanted the scout team to present the correct picture for the defense. He wasn’t afraid to compete. He was determined. He wanted his fundamentals to improve with quality, competitive team snaps in practice. He had the respect of the huddle. He recruited guys to listen to him as the quarterback — and they did.”

As for the mono part, it wasn’t far off from the truth. Sam Darnold’s illness caused the Jets to turn to Trevor Siemian — who immediately suffered a long-term ankle injury. With Luke Falk left as the starter, general manager Joe Douglas searched for quarterback help.

First, he signed David Fales because of his relationship with former head coach Adam Gase. Then the front office courted their own number-one developmental target, a recently cut QB prospect from the Dallas Cowboys.

“Douglas was high on White after evaluating him before the 2018 draft while working in the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office,” explained Cimini. “He knew White as a productive college player with strong intangibles. What impressed him the most was how he threw for 4,177 yards, with 26 touchdown passes and eight interceptions at Western Kentucky, even though some of his best players from the year before had graduated.”

In the end, White decided on the Jets practice squad over a stint with the XFL. If he ends up leading Gang Green to their first postseason appearance in over a decade, that would make for one heck of a story.

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