Jameer Nelson participated fully in the Orlando Magic’s shootaround this morning and is almost certain to play when the Magic host the Detroit Pistons tonight at Amway Center.
Nelson missed his team’s games Sunday in Boston and Monday in Indianapolis because of a sore left knee.
“It feels better,” Nelson said moments ago. “I guess I’m a gametime decision and will see how it feels later, before the game and after I work out.
“It was just one of those things that was bothering me for about a week and a half or two weeks, and I just kept playing on it. I kind of tweaked it in the Toronto game [on Jan. 29] and then just kept playing on it. . . . Then, in the Milwaukee game [on Jan. 31], I tweaked it again. It was one of those things I didn’t want to keep messing with.”
The Magic (13-37) and Pistons (19-28) have split their two games this season, with each team winning on its home floor.
Orlando’s primary concern tonight will be to keep Detroit’s tall frontcourt of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond off the offensive glass.
“I think it’s pretty simple,” Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. “If we take care of a few things, one of those being transition defense and then keeping them off the boards, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”
Smith, Monroe and Drummond dominated the paint on Jan. 28, when the Pistons manhandled the Magic 103-87 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. That night, Detroit took advantage of Nik Vucevic’s absence because of a concussion. The Pistons outscored the Magic in the paint 44-22 and outrebounded the Magic 56-40.
Vucevic has returned from his concussion since then.
“It changes [things] because he’s a big guy that rebounds the ball,” Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. “He’s very active inside, and you’ve got to pay a lot of attention to him. They had Glen Davis playing a different position [on Jan. 28], so it was a better matchup for us.
“But now that [Vucevic] is back, the way he can rebound the ball, particularly offensively, the way he can make little 15-footers, is great for them, but it’s a problem for us.”
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