Sunday , Apr , 19 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Would Jameer Nelson have prevented Orlando’s game one choke job against Philadelphia?

Sure, Rafer Alston has done a decent job since arriving in Orlando on a deadline day trade from Houston. And sure, the injury is old news. But Nelson, tiny as he is, wouldn’t tolerate coughing up an 18-point lead or playing sub par defence. Not for a second. The Philly-native is the club’s undisputed leader. Years ago, Nelson paid for teammate’s to join him in summer training sessions. And Nelson, the unsung hero, played a big part in the club’s fast start this season …


Would Jameer Nelson have prevented Orlando's game one choke job against Philadelphia?Breaking NBA news mixed with analysis … 

Their News: “Iguodala made a 22-foot jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining, and the Sixers rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Orlando 100-98 in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series Sunday.” The Canadian Press. 

Our Very Quick Analysis: They miss Jameer Nelson.

Sure, Rafer Alston has done a decent job since joining Orlando in a deadline day trade from Houston. And sure, the shoulder injury is old news. But Nelson, tiny as he is, wouldn’t tolerate coughing up an 18-point lead or playing sub par defence.

Not for a second.

The Philly-native is the club’s undisputed leader. Years ago, Nelson paid for teammate’s to join him in summer training sessions. And Nelson recovered from personal tragedy to play a major part in the club’s fast start to the season, even earning his first All-Star game selection. 

Since his injury, the Magic’s inconsistent spells have become more regular. And the club clearly misses his ability to kill an opposing team’s run with a clutch jumper or smart pass. How useful would either have been in the fourth quarter when Orlando coughed up a 14-point lead?  

Now, facing a one-game deficit and resurgent 76ers side, the Magic are about to learn Nelson’s true value.

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