Jameer Nelson’s Shoulder Injury … How Bad is it?

by Marcel Mutoni

The Orlando Magic are asking themselves the same question at this moment; the answer will come a bit later today.

Jameer Nelson, Orlando’s newly-minted All-Star, took a nasty spill during the third quarter against the Mavs last night. He suffered what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder, and now, his team must play the waiting game.

From from the Orlando Sentinel:

The Orlando Magic are expected to find out today if their merry bandwagon has lost a wheel, jeopardizing their drive to title contention this season…Just how long Nelson will be out is the question, but the team seemed to be braced for him to miss weeks, not days. If surgery is required, he will be lost for the season.

“It’s a big blow for us,” center Dwight Howard said of Nelson’s injury. “I’m trying not to think about it because he’s been playing so well. It’s a sad day for all of us.”

The MRI results will be announced later on today.

Suddenly, the door for an All-Star replacement appears to have been cracked open. I’m certain the debate will be handled with nothing but class and grace.