The big news out of the pregame interviews was that Jameer Nelson will dress and will “probably” play according to Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, a surprise as it was reported earlier on Thursday that he likely would NOT play.
Here’s Van Gundy’s quote:
We’re going to dress him today and probably play him. Some ways not a difficult decision because it just comes down to trying to make a decision that we think gives us the best chance to win. The easiest decision would have been to not play him … He would have understood and it wouldn’t have disrupted our rotation. He’s ready to go, we think he can put some pressure on their defense.”
The plan is to put Nelson in off the bench when starter Rafer Alston takes a seat. Van Gundy said the Magic will stick with him regardless of how well or poorly he plays.