The Orlando Magic have announced point guard Jameer Nelson will miss tonight's game against the Charlotte Bobcats due to the sprained left ankle he sustained in last night's game trying to close out on New Jersey Nets guard Devin Harris at the three-point arc. Chris Duhon will start in Nelson's place, with Jason Williams assuming the backup chores.
Nelson tuned up the Charlotte Bobcats for 23.8 points per game in last season's playoff sweep. He shot 42.9 percent from three-point range and 48.4 percent from the field overall in that series.
With the New York Knicks over the last two seasons, Duhon started eight games against the Bobcats, averaging 10.9 points, 6.4 assists, and 2.8 turnovers. Thanks to his marksmanship from three-point range, he posted a 58.8 percent True Shooting figure in those starts. Duhon's Magic career is off to an uneven start, as he's recorded as many turnovers (9) as assists.
In 15.5 minutes per game against Charlotte last season, serving as Nelson's backup, Williams averaged 4.5 points, 2.8 assists, and 1.3 turnovers. In two apperances for Orlando this season, he has missed both of his field-goal attempts and failed to score.