Rachel Nichols is reporting that Jameer Nelson will be activated and will be on the roster for the Orlando Magic, but his status in uncertain for Game 1 of the NBA Finals when they face the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nelson suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder against the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 2, and was excepted to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery.
However, Nelson's rehab was ahead of schedule and he said he felt better as the playoffs progressed.
The report out of Orlando after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals was that Nelson had improved so much that he could possibly be added to the active roster against the Lakers in the finals.
Nelson practiced with the team throughout the week, but the Orlando Sentinnel had reported earlier in the day that he had not improved enough to make the roster.
However, late word out of Orlando is that the Magic have decided to activate Nelson. It still is unclear if he will start or how many minutes he will play, but he will be wearing a uniform tonight instead of a suit.
Normally, the point guard controls the offense, but Orlando has relied on Turkoglu to run the high pick-and-roll as the focal point of how they play.
Nelson specializes in getting Magic superstar Dwight Howard the basketball where he likes it, in the post. Alston struggles with that, as do the rest of the Magic players.
If they want to beat L.A., Orlando must find a way for Howard to be efficient.
Game 1 is Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. It may not be LeBron vs. Kobe, but it's still the NBA Finals.
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