Still no definite answer on whether Orlando’s Jameer Nelson will play in the Finals. He’s been out since February because of a right shoulder injury. He averaged 27.5 points in two victories over the Lakers during the regular season. Rafer Alston was acquired from the Houston Rockets to take his place at point guard. Now, he’s back on the practice court.
Officially, Nelson is listed as “out” for the series because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder that required surgery Feb. 19. Unofficially, he could play a limited role after returning to the practice court this week.
“I don’t think it’s going to be like a Willis Reed moment or anything,” Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said when asked about Nelson’s possible participation in the Finals. “We’ll just decide after (practice) if we think playing him gives us a better chance to win than not playing him. It’s really as simple as that.”