Savage: Nelson Expects to Play Against Cavs

By Dan Savage
January 30, 2011

ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic delivered some good news on Sunday morning when they announced that Jameer Nelson would likely play tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers when the two teams go head-to-head at 6 p.m. ET.

“I feel fine,” Nelson said while exiting Amway Center following the team’s shootaround. “I’m going to try to play through it.”

Nelson left the Magic’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Friday night with 4:26 left in the first quarter and did not return because of a sore right knee.

He had been bothered by tendinitis in the knee for a couple of weeks, but was able to play through the pain up until that point.

“I just felt like my knee was aggravated,” he explained. “They said I had a bone bruise and a little fluid, so I guess it was just aggravated.”

After receiving an early morning report, Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy thought Nelson’s outlook was somewhat bleak in terms of him playing tonight.

That’s until the Magic’s starting point guard went through the team’s entire walkthrough.

“It didn’t sound good when they talked to me before the walking through,” Van Gundy said. “But then he went through everything. He looked fine.”

With no serious injury showing up on his MRI, Nelson explained there was never any doubt that he would take a shot at playing this evening.

“I think the reports got mixed up a little bit,” he said. “I was a little sore, but the MRI doesn’t show anything major, so I am going to try and play through it.”

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