Orlando Magic point Guard Jameer Nelson again missed Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks after the team determined him not yet fit to take the court. Jameer Nelson missed the last five games due to a series of groin and hamstring injuries.
Although Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn believed the team’s co-captain Jameer Nelson would be more than willing to step-in to play Tuesday night at
"If you talk to him, he'd probably say he could go tonight," stated Jacque Vaughn.
The Orlando Magic released in a statement via twitter that the team was “choosing to rest him (Jameer Nelson) to give him three more days to get healthy.”
The Detroit Pistons are slated to host the Orlando Magic at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday. However, given the fact that Orlando Magic were even remotely considering playing Jameer Nelson Tuesday night means that he will be able to make a speedy recovery from the groin and hamsting injuries by Friday’s game.
"I know he wants to play, but it's my job as a coach to make sure that he's ready for us — not only tonight but, hopefully, the rest of the year,” said Jacque Vaughn. “So it's just a judgment call, and hopefully it pays off for us the rest of the year."
Jameer Nelson has been held to only one game appearance so far this season before being plagued by groin and hamstring injuries. The Orlando Magic’s offense was more explosive in that game as they defeated the Denver Nuggets 102-89 in the season opener. The Orlando Magic still won the next game against the Phoenix Suns in Jameer Nelson’s absence but since they’ve slumped to a 2-4 start this season.
Without Jameer Nelson’s scoring ability and ball handling skills, the Orlando Magic offense has averaged 77.5 points per game through the last five games.
And considering how easily hamstring and groin injuries can be re-aggravated, the Orlando Magic are taking a cautious approach towards Jameer Nelson’s return so that he is available late into the season.
In the long run, just a single game sacrifice to jump back into the season after three additional days of rehab sounds like a good plan to after all.
In other Orlando Magic injury updates, Al Harrington checked in with his knee surgeon for a revaluation after developing staph infection from an offseason surgery meant to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. Al Harrington still hasn’t been cleared for normal basketball activities and will continue rehab.