All indications are that Jameer Nelson’s sore left hip has improved and that he could play for the Orlando Magic when they host the Dallas Mavericks tonight.
Nelson participated in the Magic’s shootaround this morning at Amway Center, coach Jacque Vaughn said, and Nelson told reporters that he’s doing better after he tweaked his hip late in Friday night’s loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
“I feel a lot better,” Nelson said. “I’m two days removed, a day and a half removed, from getting twisted up a little bit. So I’ll be smart about it and see how I feel tonight.”
Nelson sat out practice Saturday, and he missed two games late last month because of the hip.
He’s played significant minutes this month, averaging 38.5 minutes per game, largely because his backup, E'Twaun Moore, was sidelined for most of that time with a sprained elbow.
The Magic are 13-17 in games Nelson has played this season and are 1-8 without him.
Glen Davis, who has a sore lower back, also participated in the shootaround this morning, Vaughn said, and Davis has said he intends to play tonight.
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