Dallas 111, Orlando 96
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Jameer Nelson has been diagnosed as having a strained patellar tendon in his left knee, Orlando Magic officials announced today.
The team would not specify the severity of the strain, whether the tendon was stretched or torn. But officials said Nelson’s injury will be evaluated further when he accompanies the team back to Central Florida following its road game Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Nelson hurt his knee late in the Magic’s 111-96 loss Wednesday night to the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.
Nelson suffered the injury as he drove against Darren Collison and attempted to stop quickly. Nelson crumpled to the floor, and Collison forced a jump ball.
Nelson didn’t return to the game.
“I think it should be OK just by the way it’s feeling,” Nelson said after an X-ray or X-rays were taken of his knee.
“I don’t want to make an assessment on it right now without getting fully evaluated by the doctors and getting all the MRIs and all that stuff I have to get probably. Hopefully, it’s not too serious and I can move forward.”
What happened on the play?
“I’m so quick I don’t know what happened,” he joked. “Nah, I made a move and it was a weird feeling. My knee gave out, and when it gave out, I fell and banged it on the ground. So it was like a double-whammy.”
Nelson has missed 11 of Orlando’s 54 games this season because of injuries.
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