It keeps getting worse for the Orlando Magic.

And for Glen Davis.

Davis fractured his left foot in the opening minutes of the Magic's 113-97 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, leaving a rebuilding team that already was in freefall without one of its co-captains and its most effective low-post defender.

"I just wish him the best," said point guard and co-captain Jameer Nelson. "I gave him a hug. There's really nothing you can say to a guy other than, 'I'm here for you,' or something like that. I just hope everything goes well for him."

Davis left the arena to make his way to Orlando during the game, and he will be examined in Central Florida on Thursday. Team officials will learn more about the severity of the injury and whether Davis will need surgery from that follow-up exam.

"It's disappointing," shooting guard J.J. Redick said. "You never want to see a teammate get hurt. We played without him before, and we'll have to just continue to roll with the punches, and guys are going to have to step up."

The injury will have a wide-ranging effect on the reeling Magic (14-31).

First, it diminishes Davis' value to other teams as the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline approaches.

Second, it increases the possibility that Orlando's struggles will continue, which, in turn, will enhance the team's chances in the NBA draft lottery.

Davis suffered the injury as the Magic transitioned into their offense. As Davis ran down the court, he appeared to step on one of Iman Shumpert's feet. Davis was subbed out 4 minutes, 20 seconds into the game, went to the locker room and didn't return to the Madison Square Garden floor.

Davis is averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season, both career highs.

He also missed 11 games earlier this season after he dislocated his left shoulder on Dec. 19.

The Magic have lost 18 of the 20 games since he suffered his shoulder injury.

"It's really unfortunate, because I know he looked forward to this year," coach Jacque Vaughn said. "[It's] new territory for him. So it's really unfortunate for him to be hurt this year multiple times, but it's a good test for him going forward."

Davis' absence will result in more playing time for youngsters Gustavo Ayón, Andrew Nicholson and Kyle O'Quinn and perhaps also for veterans Josh McRoberts and Hedo Turkoglu.

Another veteran power forward, Al Harrington, continues to rehabilitate his right knee from an offseason staph infection. His return date remains unclear.