After a five-game rest to heal his strained right hamstring, Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson is nearing his return to the court. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports coach Jacque Vaughn said, and Nelson himself reiterated, Tuesday that Nelson will be a "game-time decision" for that night's tilt against the visiting New York Knicks.
Nelson, a nine-year veteran, contributed nine points and seven assists in Orlando's season-opening victory against the Denver Nuggets on November 2nd. In the five games since, E'Twaun Moore has started in Nelson's stead. The combo guard has provided a good scoring punch, with 13.5 points per game, but hasn't been able to keep the team organized offensively, averaging a turnover for every assist in his starts.
After Tuesday's game, the Magic won't play again until Friday at the Detroit Pistons, giving Nelson an additional two days to recover from the injury.