Injuries to All-Star center Dwight Howard and former All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson aren't expected to keep them out of the Orlando Magic's starting lineup for very long. Howard Beck of the New York Times reports the Magic have listed Howard and Nelson as game-time decisions for Thursday's home matchup against the New York Knicks.
Howard has missed each of Orlando's last two games, both losses, due to back spasms. Nelson sat out Tuesday's loss against the Detroit Pistons due to lingering soreness in his left calf.
"We've just got to be smart about it and continue to treat my body and listen to the training staff," Nelson said of the injury, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Elsewhere on the injury front, the team has ruled out power forward Ryan Anderson for Thursday's game. Anderson sprained his right ankle Sunday against the Denver Nuggets.
Howard, Anderson, and Nelson are the Magic's three leading scorers, combining for 48.3 points per game. In addition, Howard and Anderson are the team's top two rebounders, while Nelson leads the team in assists.