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Magic checking Nelson's status

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 08:54 PM

Orlando is evaluating All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson for a possible return to the Magic lineup for the NBA Finals that begin Thursday night in Los Angeles.

Magic spokesman Joel Glass said Sunday that Nelson's rehabilitation from a shoulder injury is ahead of schedule but that his status remains uncertain.

Nelson has been out since early February with what had been called a season-ending shoulder tear.

Magic president Bob Vander Weide told The Orlando Sentinel after Saturday's win against Cleveland he wanted Nelson to take another MRI and consult with doctors for a possible comeback.

Nelson has been working out and has said he has full range of motion. But Magic general manager Otis Smith has repeatedly said there is no way Nelson could return this season.

The Magic knocked off LeBron James and the top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers with a 103-90 victory Saturday night for a 4-2 series win, and now Orlando is back in the Finals for the first time since 1995.

The Magic are 2-0 this season against Los Angeles.

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