Nelson To Play In Game 1 Of NBA Finals

** FILE ** This is a Jan. 17, 2009 file photo showing Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson warming up before facing the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Orlando Magic All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson will play in Game 1 of the NBA finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Nelson has been sidelined since February after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder. Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said Thursday he isn't sure how much Nelson will play, but will not have him on a "short leash."

Nelson has been working out with the team for weeks and began taking part in fullcourt drills during the Eastern Conference finals.

Nelson averaged 27.5 points in Orlando's two wins over the Lakers during the regular season.