Arron Afflalo on Friday rejoined his Orlando Magic teammates after he missed Wednesday's game and Thursday's practice because he was sick.
"I doing better, for sure," said Afflalo, his voice slightly hoarse. "I had a little something going on with my throat. I'm fine. All the side effects are gone."
Afflalo didn't expect to practice much on Friday, but he said he thinks he'll be able to play when the Magic host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night at Amway Center.
Without Afflalo on Wednesday, the Magic shot a season-low 32.6 percent as they lost to the Utah Jazz 86-82.
Afflalo, who is averaging a team-high 21.6 points per game, watched the game on TV.
"It was tough," he said. "We were just getting back healthy, and then I go down for a game or whatever. I thought we did a good job trying to fight and compete. Sometimes, a game isn't going to be the prettiest game, but I was hoping we'd come out with a victory and we didn't. We'll just move on."
Tobias Harris, Solomon Jones, Victor Oladipo and Nik Vucevic visited Florida Hospital for Children on Friday afternoon. They distributed gifts to patients and played games with the children.
Vucevic also donated $10,000 of his own money to the hospital.
At 6 feet tall, Jameer Nelson rarely faces point guards who are shorter than he is.
That will change Saturday, when the Magic play the Kings and the Kings' 5-foot-9 point guard, Isaiah Thomas.
Nelson knows Thomas off the court because they both endorse Reebok.
"He's so crafty and he's a good shooter," Nelson said. "He's going to put you in different situations than usual, and he's left-handed, so it's a little more weird on top of everything else.
"I respect him for what he does at his size. I know what it takes. It's not even just on the court. It's the work that he puts in. You could tell that he's gotten better every year. Me knowing him, I'm proud of him for that."
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