No shoulder injury, no controversy, no problem
Remember last season when the Orlando Magic were in this position despite losing Jameer Nelson to a separated shoulder just before the All Star break days before he was to make his All Star Game debut?
In the 2009-2010 playoffs (8-0 record. The Magic haven’t lost since April), Jameer is averaging 20.5 points, 5.3 assists and shooting on a 51.9% clip. He’s also hitting 40% of his threes and 80% of his foul shots.
He’s what ORL has been missing and surely the reason why Stan Van Gundy took a chance and started Jameer in the Finals vs. the Lakers. We all know how that turned out, but Van Gundy knows the body dies when you chop off the head and Nelson is without question what makes Orlando go. Swap Vince Carter for Hedo Turkoglu, add some depth to your bench and Orlando finds itself in the same position it was last year…albeit stronger.
Just one subplot in a series full of inspirations.