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Jameer Nelson is the epitome of an underdog.
Nelson is undersized, as he is under six-feet tall. In a game dominated by size, Nelson manages to be effective while facing players that are much bigger than him.
He does this with grit, determination and focus to make up for his height. Of course, his ball-handling and three-point shooting also go a long way in making Nelson the player that he is today.
In April, Nelson has raised his level of play. He has averaged 15.3 points and 7 assists per game in Howard's absence.
Nelson is the unquestioned leader of the Magic now and he has a tall task ahead of him. That task being leading the Magic past the Pacers and into the second round of the playoffs.
The Magic will be relying on Nelson to facilitate the offense and help create shots for his teammates.
As stated in the last slide, the Magic will need to be effective from behind the arc to stand any chance.
Nelson, with his ability to get into the lane, has to draw the defense in and then dish the ball to his open teammates behind the arc.
In Game 1, Nelson had 17 points, nine assists and shot almost 47 percent from the field.
In Game 2, Nelson was less effective; scoring 12 points, recording just three assists and shooting a paltry 30 percent.
As evidenced by this series thus far, the Magic will go as far as Nelson will take them