Lakers Examiner: Originally thought to be out until next season with a shoulder injury, Orlando Magic All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson could possibly return for the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Different members of the Magic organization have said that Nelson is ahead of schedule with his rehab, and that he has been working out with full range of motion.
If Nelson returns, it could be a double-edged sword for the Lakers.
On one hand, Nelson torched the Lakers in their two games during the regular season, hitting clutch shots down the stretch in the Magic victory at Staples Center. So the return of Nelson would mean yet another weapon for the dangerous Magic.
On the other hand, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The Magic have clearly figured out their dynamic. They’re working inside to Dwight Howard to spread the floor for shooters like Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu. Nelson’s more of a penetrator/pull-up jump shooter, which could throw off the gameplan the Magic have been able to execute throughout the playoffs.