The Magic have decided to hold out point guard Jameer Nelson(notes) for tonight's opening game of the NBA Finals against the Lakers, sources tell the Sentinel, and the chances of him playing at any point of the series is slim. [...]
He has been ahead of schedule in his [shoulder surgery] rehab and has been feverishly trying to persuade the team that he is ready, participating in his first practice Tuesday in Orlando and in Wednesday's workout in L.A.
It looked like he had a chance to play but apparently the club deemed the risk too great ...
Nelson averaged 27.5 points in two victories over the Lakers this season, utilizing the Magic's pick-and-roll offense to create lanes to penetrate the defense or step back for open threes.