UPDATE: Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:25 p.m. ET by Justin Onslow
John Denton @JohnDenton555
As expected, #Magic PG Jameer Nelson (bruised forearm) will start. #Clippers will be without CP3, Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford.2013-2-6 23:11:41
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UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Jameer Nelson (forearm) and Arron Afflalo (calf) will not play for the #Magic against the #Bucks.2013-2-3 00:17:09
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Josh Robbins, Magic beat writer for the Orlando Sentinel, updated that the guard would not return after not coming out with the team in the second half (via Twitter):
Nelson had just two points, two assists and one steal in 19 minutes of action before leaving the game.
Orlando trailed with Nelson and continued to trail without him. They scored significantly more in the second half but were unable to keep the Celtics at bay, losing the contest 97-84.
Injuries are nothing new for the Magic’s starting facilitator. He’s been sidelined multiple times already this season and countless times during his eight-year career. It’s gotten to the point where the injury-prone label is more than applicable to the 30-year-old.
As a result of injuries this season he’s played in just 37 of the team’s 46 games.
It’s been a big factor for the dismal Magic, who sit at an uninspiring 14-32 as we approach the All-Star break.
Without Nelson in the game (not including Friday night’s loss to the Celtics) Orlando is just 1-8 without their leading ball-handler in the lineup.
The trade of Dwight Howard was expected to bring growing pains, but this is something different altogether.
Nelson recently broke the Magic franchise record for career assists. Scott Skiles’ record of 2,776 assits fell during the team’s matchup against the Portland Trailblazers on Jan. 7, 2013.
He certainly has the ability to be a big playmaker and contributor for this team. However, staying healthy and keeping himself available to do that is starting to become a challenge for him.