After receiving a second medical opinion, Solomon Jones will attempt to avoid surgery to repair torn lateral meniscus cartilage in his left knee.
Jones worked out on Tuesday and Wednesday and planned to participate in the Orlando Magic's practice Thursday.
"It feels a whole lot better than it did when I first hurt it," Jones said before practice. "It's definitely feeling a lot better, and I'm ready to give it a go."
The backup center and power forward hasn't played since he injured his knee on Oct. 30. The team has attempted to treat the injury with rest and rehabilitation.
Jones, 29, earned a spot on the Magic's regular-season roster after he played well during the preseason. Team officials value his energy off the bench, his ability to protect the rim and his knack for being in the right location on defense.
Second-year guard Doron Lamb made his regular-season debut during the Magic's 94-91 win Wednesday night over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Lamb sprained his right ankle during training camp and missed the entire preseason because of the injury. His lack of playing time in October and the Magic's limited number of practices during the regular season have created challenges for him as he tries to regain his rhythm and his game conditioning.
"I was really happy Coach let me [play Wednesday]," Lamb said. "I worked real hard in the summertime to have a great year. I got hurt in training camp, but things happen. I've got to look past that and get back to where I was."
In 11-plus minutes of playing time Wednesday, he went 0 for 2 from the field, but he had one rebound and one assist.
One of Lamb's strengths is his shooting. He made 47.5 percent of his 3-point tries during his two-year college career at Kentucky.
During Wednesday night's fourth quarter, he missed a 3-pointer from the left wing as Bucks point guard Nate Wolters sprinted toward him and jumped to contest the shot.
"I think if his conditioning was completely underneath him, he maybe makes that shot," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "That's the balance of a comfort level of a guy being in a game situation at game speed shooting game shots. But you can't replicate that in practice."
Vaughn was delighted with Ronnie Price's performance against the Bucks.
As the Magic's third point guard, Price typically doesn't receive much playing time. But the Bucks' small lineup prompted Vaughn to play Price a season-high 25 minutes.
Price responded by gathering a career-high seven rebounds, and he played solid defense. He also had two assists to go along with two turnovers.
"I thought we kind of came out a little casual to start the game, and the only thing that I saw that was missing was maybe a little energy," Price said. "I just tried to do the best I could to provide that."
Price, 30, is now in his ninth NBA season.
The Magic signed him, in part, because he sets a good example for young players.
"He's an unbelievable professional," Vaughn said. "He's great to have in the locker room. It's great for me to see him every day. His approach every day doesn't change. We're talking about consistency. I told the guys after the game he had no idea he was going to play.
"He was ready to play."
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