Feb 21, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA;Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford reacts during the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford left Friday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter after feeling ill, and was taken to a Minnesota-area hospital.

John Denton of OrlandoMagic.Com reports that, according to a Magic official, “cardiac issues possibly playing a role in the illness are not being ruled out.”


Clifford, 58, is in his second season as Orlando’s head coach, after serving as head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets for the five seasons before that.

Tyrone Corbin replaced Clifford as head coach in the third quarter, and the Magic went on to win 132-118.

UPDATE: Steve Clifford “was diagnosed with dehydration and discharged from a Minneapolis hospital,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Clifford is cleared to resume coaching.

That’s certainly great news to come out of a scary situation.

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