Nelson out, Redick’s injury ‘problematic’

Jameer Nelson is out for Orlando’s game at New York, and coach

Stan Van Gundy says J.J. Redick’s lower abdominal strain is ”a

little more problematic.”

Nelson sat out Monday with a sprained left knee, giving Gilbert

Arenas his first start with the Magic. Orlando also was without

backup forward Quentin Richardson (back spasms), but Van Gundy says

both are expected back this week.

However, he says Redick’s injury is ”not coming around the way

we had hoped.” The reserve guard thought he was progressing last

week, but missed his ninth straight game Monday

”I know he’s frustrated with it,” Van Gundy said. ”It’s not

great where it is now, we’ve just got to see where it goes and

hopefully we can get him back here pretty soon. Hopefully we’ll

know more at the end of the week.”

The Magic have eight games remaining after Monday. Redick has

averaged 10.1 points in 59 games, including five starts.

”It would be very hard, I think, for him to miss 17 games and

go into the playoffs not having played for basically the last 20

percent of the season and expect him to be real productive,” Van

Gundy said.