Jameer Nelson Could Return to Magic for NBA Finals

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Jameer Nelson Could Return to Magic for NBA Finals
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The suit may no longer be needed for the Orlando Magic point guard.

ESPN.com reported that Jameer Nelson could possibly return to the Magic rotation for Thursday's Game 1 of the NBA finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Orlando Magic spokesperson Joel glass said Nelson had made satisfactory progress following last February's surgery. Facing the Dallas Mavericks on February 2, Nelson took a nasty spill, landing on his shoulder in the third quarter.

Nelson was expected to be out for the remainder of the season and the playoffs.

The Magic were expected to fall once Nelson went down. He had played in 42 games before the injury, and was averaging 16.7 points per game and 5.4 assists per game.

Anthony Johnson was the backup point guard, but it was obvious that he alone would not be enough to keep the Magic playing the way they were since Nelson was the director of the offense.

Then, at the trade deadline, the Magic picked up Rafer Alston from the Houston Rockets. "Skip to my Lou" stepped right in and flowed with how Orlando plays as a team.

Hedo Turkoglu became the decision-maker with the ball and Alston was simply asked to play defense, score, and when need be, pass the ball to Dwight Howard.

Alston managed 12 points and 5.1 assists per game for the Magic. The scoring was a bit down, but the assist numbers were consistent with Nelson's before his injury.

Now, these reports about Nelson returning bring up some questions for Orlando. Does Nelson jump right back into the starting rotation? How many minutes does he play each night?

Does Orlando use the current style they have adopted where Turkoglu controls the offense with the high pick-and-roll, or revert back to the more conventional point guard-controlled offense that Nelson ran?

After Game 6 against Clevelend, Magic president Bob Vander Weide said he wanted Nelson to go through a few more medical checkups before a final decision was made on his status for the finals.

"Once we have the tests, doctors will be able to see if he has possibilities to return to the lineup," he said.

As mentioned above, a lot of questions will need to be answered.

Of course, all of this talk could simply be speculation and Nelson could remain in a suit, watching from the bench as Orlando attempts to win its first NBA Championship in franchise history.

Quotes pulled from Sports Ya article. Special thanks to the writer of that article.


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