Aaron Gordon clears concussion protocol, will start Friday for Magic

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon has cleared the NBA's concussion protocol and will be available to play in Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Magic's official website reported Friday that Gordon, who has missed Orlando's last two games, will return to the starting lineup. Gordon suffered the concussion last Friday in the Magic's loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Gordon, the Magic's leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, also plans to wear a mouthpiece Friday to protect his teeth, according to the team's website.

"It feels good [to be back], and I've been saying it all year and all my life -- I love this game so much, and I love being out there with my teammates," he told the website. "It's going to be a challenge tonight, but it's going to be fun."

Gordon, 22, is averaging 18.5 points and 8.1 rebounds in 25 games this season for the short-handed Magic, who will be without Evan Fournier (ankle), Terrence Ross (knee), Arron Afflalo (back) and Jonathan Isaac (ankle) in Friday night's game.