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Monday, February 02, 2009

Nelson dislocates shoulder in Magic loss to Mavericks

All-Star Magic guard Jameer Nelson left the game at the 9:11 mark of the third quarter with what was described as a dislocated right shoulder, and will have an MRI taken on Tuesday, but is expected to miss a minimum of a couple of weeks.

The Magic had their worst three point shooting game in at least a couple of years, as they made just 3 of 20 from long range. Their previous worst this season was 4 of 25 opening night against Atlanta. Last season, the Magic made at least 5 three pointers in all 82 games.

The Magic led 27-25 after one quarter and had their largest lead at 40-33 in the second when the Mavericks took control and took a 54-47 halftime lead. The Mavericks extended their lead to 77-63 after three and had their largest lead of 87-67 in the fourth before the Magic were able to cut into their deficit from the free throw line, and had a chance to get within 7 with just over a minute remaining, but Hedo Turkoglu missed two free throws. They were able to get as close as 103-95 with under 20 seconds remaining, but the Mavericks were able to avoid the season sweep from the Magic and won 105-95.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 35 points (13 of 19 field goals), 11 rebounds
Hedo Turkoglu: 18 points (4 of 12 field goals), 6 rebounds, 4 assists
Rashard Lewis: 12 points (5 of 13 field goals), 8 rebounds

Dallas leading scorers

Dirk Nowitzki: 29 points, 6 rebounds
Jason Terry: 23 points
Jason Kidd: 13 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals

Overall Game Statistics

FG%: DAL 53.4% (39 of 73) ORL 42.7% (35 of 82)
3 PT FG%: DAL 35.7% (5 of 14) ORL 15% (3 of 20)
FT%: DAL 88% (22 of 25) ORL 73.3% (22 of 30)
REB: DAL 38 (6 offensive) ORL 37 (10 offensive)
AST/TO: DAL 19/15 ORL 14/11

Other game notes and stats:

-Dwight Howard and Tony Battie (2 for 2) were the only Magic players to shoot better than .500; the rest of the team combined to shoot 20 of 61
-The Magic starters outscored the Mavericks' starters 78-67
-The Magic starting frontline outscored the Mavericks' starting frontline 65-48
-The Mavericks' bench combined to shoot 13 of 25 from the field, while the Magic bench combined to shoot 8 of 21
-The Magic used a nine-man rotation, with Mickael Pietrus leading the Magic reserves with 8 points on 4 of 10 shooting
-For the second game in a row, Turkoglu and Lewis struggled from the field, shooting just 9 of 25 (2 of 10 from three point range) for a combined 30 points
-Nelson had 6 points on 3 of 9 shooting in 18 1/2 minutes before leaving in the third with his injured shoulder
-Nelson and Courtney Lee combined to shoot just 5 of 17 from the field
-Only Turkoglu, Lewis, and Lee made a three pointer for the Magic
-The Mavericks outscored the Magic 52-36 in the second and third quarters

The schedule eases up for the Magic, as their next three games are against sub-.500 teams, with the LA Clippers coming to Orlando on Wednesday.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 4:28 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Excerpts from Brian Schmitz's recap of the game on orlandosentinel.com:

    Nelson said he had "no idea" how he was injured early in the third period, but replays showed him recoiling in pain after trying to steal a ball from Mavs center Erick Dampier under the basket. He reached into Dampier with his right arm, jarred the ball loose, but then collapsed seconds later.

    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.

    According to WebMD.com, patients with dislocated shoulders not requiring surgery can need anywhere from three to 12 weeks to recover, depending on the severity.

    "We don't even know how bad it is right now," said Nelson, whose right arm was in a sling. "We just know it's dislocated. That doesn't mean anything right now until we get an MRI and see how it goes after that."

    "I don't know when it happened and how it happened," Nelson said. "I just know I felt a little pain and then, obviously, I saw it hanging out. I didn't hurt my legs, so I just ran down to the end of the court.

    "I remember I fell on the floor, but I don't even remember hitting him. He may have grabbed my arm or whatever, but I'm quite sure he didn't do it intentionally to pop my shoulder out."

    "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."

  • At 4:38 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    A belated congratulations to Coach Van Gundy for being named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for January, which doesn't mean too much now, with the Mavericks thoroughly outplaying the Magic Monday night and more importantly, Jameer Nelson's serious injury.

    I'm hoping that Nelson will miss no more than a month, but it could be a lot longer.

    I think Otis Smith will have to do something now to get more help at point guard, as I'm not confident in Anthony Johnson getting 30+ minutes a night at the PG spot.

    Courtney Lee could play a lot more at PG, but he is a rookie and is not that familiar with the position.

    Hedo Turkoglu will probably play some "point forward" more often now.

    It's going to be pretty tough to keep up with Boston and Cleveland now with Nelson out, even though the Magic only play five more games this month against .500 or above teams but the Magic are well entrenched in the third spot.

    Like I said before, the best-case scenario here is that Nelson misses only around a month or so and returns 100% healthy sometime in March.

  • At 12:38 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    This sucks so bad i'm not even ready to comment yet!


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