Orlando Pinstriped Post Mailbag no. 25: When will Jameer Nelson return?

Jameer Nelson - Sam Greenwood

Orlando's starting point guard left Friday's game after one period and isn't with the team on its roadtrip.

Welcome to a quick edition of the Orlando Pinstriped Post Mailbag. If you ever have an Orlando Magic question for me or Tyler Lashbrook to answer, please submit it to OPPMailbag@gmail.com or the OPP Facebook page.

Here's today's question.

Steve asks:

Read your note on Jameer Nelson's knee. Serious or just a tweak?

Nelson indeed hurt his knee in Friday's win over the Milwaukee Bucks, leaving after playing the entire first quarter. Coach Jacque Vaughn didn't have an update on Nelson's status when he met the media Saturday, but the fact that Nelson didn't travel with the team later that day gave a little indication about how the 10th-year point guard is feeling.

The Magic don't seem terribly concerned with Nelson's injury, however. According to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, "Nelson hasn't received and won't receive an MRI on his knee."

After Monday's road contest against the Indiana Pacers, the Magic play four straight games at home. I'd expect Nelson to recover from his ailment in time to return during that homestand. In the meantime, Victor Oladipo figures to get the reps at point guard. In four starts there, the rookie is averaging 16.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists on 35 percent shooting.

In short, Steve, there's no indication that Nelson is seriously injured.

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