Bruce Maddox - Orlando Pinstriped Post
Due to a sore knee, the Orlando Magic had point guard, co-captain, and team leader Jameer Nelson for just 8 minutes in their 99-90 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, but as Josh Robbins reports, Nelson is just sore and the injury doesn't look serious at the moment:
"Some type of tendinitis or a strain or whatever it is, it hasn’t been diagnosed as anything right now," Nelson said. "But it’s really tender in the spot that hurts. But it’s nothing. I don’t think I should have to worry about it. I’ll have treatment and see how it feels."
Now in his seventh season, Nelson's averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 assists per game for Orlando, and connecting on 41.4 percent of his three-point attempts. Were he to miss any games, Gilbert Arenas would start in his place, with Chris Duhon shifting into the backcup role. That duo combined for 11 points, 4 assists, and 5 turnovers against Chicago in 41 minutes, a poor showing.
Orlando waived fourth-string point guard Jason Williams, who had left the team twice in the last month due to his lack of playing time, on Wednesday.
Robbins writes in his game notes that Arenas himself has knee trouble, as the cold weather is bothering his surgically repaired left knee, and I've overheard Arenas saying before in the locker room that the weather in Washington, DC had gotten particularly troublesome.
Ultimately, though, it sounds for now like Nelson will be fine. But if Orlando loses him for a prolonged period, it will be in a spot of bother.