NEW YORK — The Orlando Magic are a bit closer to getting two of their injured players back on the court.
Point guard Jameer Nelson and center Nik Vucevic were scheduled to participate in the Magic's practice Thursday at Baruch College in Manhattan. Nelson is recovering from a sprained left foot, while Vucevic is recovering from a sprained left ankle.
"We'll try to evaluate them and see what they look like," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said.
Nelson and Vucevic might be able to play when the Magic face the New York Knicks on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Nelson has missed three consecutive games, and the Magic have missed his ability to deliver the ball in spots where teammates can produce. Vucevic has sat out just one game, but the team needs his rebounding prowess.
Harris joins team
Forward Tobias Harris, who has missed 17 of Orlando's 18 regular-season games due to a high-ankle sprain in his left leg, joined the team in New York on Wednesday and attended Thursday's practice.
It's unclear when he'll play again, but high-ankle sprains can take a long time to heal.
"It's something that I have to kind of wait out," Harris said. "It's just going to be on me to determine if I'm ready or not to get on the floor. But the big thing is just strengthening this leg and strengthening the ankle, making sure that it doesn't happen again.
"There's no timetable. It's kind of like time heals these types of things, so it's going to take some time."
The Magic continue to feel the consequences of playing a game on Monday night and a double-overtime game on Tuesday night.
In the double-overtime thriller, a 126-125 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, three Magic players played between 50 and 53 minutes: swingman Arron Afflalo, power forward Glen Davis and guard Victor Oladipo.
Davis, who is still getting acclimated to playing games again after 10 months away due to an injury, still felt sore on Thursday.
"I'm working my way back," Davis said. "That's just part of it."
Vaughn made Thursday's practice less strenuous because of the team's recent stretch.
"We'll probably go up and down [the court] for a full segment, but it'll be extremely short," Vaughn said. "Talking and walking more so than running today."
Pleased with Price
Backup point guard Ronnie Price played just under 40 minutes in the loss to the Sixers, and although he scored just one point, he did grab six rebounds and dish out seven assists.
"He just gave us a lot of energy, a lot of passion on the floor on both ends of the floor," Vaughn said. "On key possessions for us, we put the ball in his hands a few times late in the game to make decisions. I just think his overall energy and his will to compete was good to see."
Who would've thought Memphis, Tenn., might have the coldest weather this season among all the destinations on the Magic's road schedule?
It could happen.
Various weather forecasters are predicting that Memphis will have a low temperature of nine degrees on Monday.
Monday is the day the Magic will play the Memphis Grizzlies in Tennessee.
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