Denton: Nelson Misses Second Straight Game With Sprained Foot

By John Denton
Dec. 2, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson was back on the court Monday night, but it was during the pregame warm-ups and not during the actual game against the Washington Wizards.

Nelson missed his second straight game Monday night because of a sprained left foot. However, Nelson reported progress in the foot during his 30-minute workout and he predicted that the injury won’t keep him out much longer.

``I did some more stuff on the court and this was my first time running on it, so it’s just about a day-by-day progression now,’’ said Nelson, who likely won’t play Tuesday night when the Magic are in his native Philadelphia. ``I just have to listen to my body, first and foremost, and listen to the training staff.’’

Nelson initially injured the foot during Orlando’s win in Atlanta last Tuesday – a game in which he had eight assists in the third quarter to spark a huge Magic rally. Nelson tried to play on the foot a night later against Philadelphia, but he reinjured the foot on a pick-and-roll play in which he beautifully fed center Nikola Vucevic for a dunk.

Nelson said he’s tried to intensify his workouts, but he won’t have a true gauge of his foot until he practices. The Magic aren’t scheduled to practice again until Thursday in New York City. Orlando plays the Knicks on Friday – the best chance for Nelson to play again.

``I did a little bit of stuff, but you can’t simulate the game out there and the movements that you have to react to,’’ Nelson said. ``That’s always an area of concern for me when I hurt an ankle of foot because you have to react off somebody else’s movements. So I’ll do more (pregame work on Tuesday) and see how I feel.’’

Nelson started in each of the first 15 games, averaging 11.7 points and a team-high 6.1 assists a game. With him out, rookie Victor Oladipo shifted over to point guard and E’Twaun Moore started at shooting guard. Nelson said he expects to be back soon.

``I just think it’s day-to-day and I doubt (that it’s a long-term injury). Hopefully not,’’ he said. ``I’ll just see how I feel every game and every day and hopefully I can progress and get back to 100 percent.’’

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