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Orlando Magic News & Notes: Nelson Day-To-Day

2013 April 9
by Andrew Melnick

Jameer Nelson - Milwaukee

Jameer Nelson, who has missed the last five games with a ankle injury, is listed as “day-to-day” according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel:

Jameer Nelson has missed Orlando’s last five games after he sprained his right ankle on March 29.

Vaughn was asked Sunday if Nelson will play again this season.

“I don’t have a timetable,” Vaughn said. “I really go to [Magic athletic trainer] Keon [Weise] every day and see what the prognosis is. … Jameer still is day-to-day for us.

Tobias Harris is learning through his shooting slump:

“It was definitely tough,” Harris recalled. “Those four games, especially against Chicago, I thought I had a lot of shots that I normally make. Nine times out of 10, those are shots that usually go in. [Saturday] was tough on me just because I wanted to play so bad just to get out there and get better and redeem myself.”

Harris eventually ended his slump — just not on the day he wanted. On Sunday, he made 11 of 19 shots, scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Magic lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-85.

On Wednesday night, the Magic will welcome J.J. Redick back to Orlando:

“Hopefully he gets a great standing ovation. He deserves it,’’ Nelson said of Redick, who was traded to Milwaukee on Feb. 21 in a six-player transaction. “He gave his heart and soul and blood, sweat and tears and all of that good stuff to the organization and to the fans. He’s a guy who contributed to a lot of good years here and left a mark as a professional.’’

With Redick set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Magic (19-59) fully committed to a rebuilding plan centered around promising young pieces and available salary cap space, Orlando GM Rob Hennigan made the difficult decision to unload Redick just before the trade deadline last month. He did so even though Redick was enjoying the finest season of his career, averaging 15.1 points and 4.4 assists in 50 games with the Magic.

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