Nelson has just checked into the game at the start of the second quarter.
He was slated to not play in game one, but it seems that he will even though it could possibly be limited minutes. He was activated before game one tipped off.
Nelson was shut down about two weeks ago by general manager Otis Smith saying that he would not play in the NBA finals; "It's a long ways away," Smith said as Nelson shot around with assistant athletic trainer Keon Weise. "He just started shooting last week. He's a long ways away from playing basketball."
He also added by saying " No way in Hell", on Nelson playing. He said this week, "That was a week and a half ago," said Vander Weide when asked about Otis Smith ruling out the idea of Nelson playing.
"I'm not 100 percent sure, but I think Coach will use him," Rashard Lewis told the Orlando Sentinel. "I don't know for how long he can play, but he can help us win."
"The chance to get an All Star point guard on the floor for 15 minutes a game ... you'd have to look at that," said Bob Vander Weide, president of the Orlando Magic.
There was talk about Chemistry issues that Nelson adressed. "I don't think I'll go out there and mess things up," Nelson told the Orlando Sentinel. "Coach has put me in a position to make me successful."
Nelson injured his shoulder against the Dallas Mavericks on February 2nd while going for a steal and has been out for four months.
"We're being cautious ... But like I said, I'm a competitor, and at the end of the day, I want to compete," Nelson said. "Sitting on the bench, that's not what I'm here to do."
Nelson has recorded two points on one of one shooting and three assist in three minutes.