Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson looks to be closer to playing in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers as observers said he was flying down the floor, running with the second team in Tuesday's practice.
Teammates are convinced that Nelson is making a return after missing four months of the season.
Nelson has been trying to come back early from Feb. 19 shoulder surgery and the club is using practices on Tuesday and Wednesday, in Los Angeles, to evaluate whether he can play.
"I'm pretty sure he's going to be given the benefit of the doubt. I expect him to be out there sometime during the series," said Anthony Johnson, the veteran back-up point guard to starter Rafer Alston.
But as John Hollinger points out (Insider) it's a little more complicated than that. In today's Sentinel (but before the news above), Nelson himself is quoted as saying it would take some kind of miracle.
I'll tell you what though, this is shaping up to be a major storyline of the series. Not only is Nelson the veteran leader of this team, but he has also overcome a major injury and the shocking death of his father a year and a half ago. And on top of all that, Nelson has played very well against the Lakers.