- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 4, 2009

From combined dispatches

All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson could miss the rest of the season for the Orlando Magic because of a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

An MRI exam revealed the injury Tuesday, the team announced.

Nelson will decide over the next week whether he will have surgery or attempt rehabilitation. If surgery is the option, his season is likely over. If he passes on the surgery, he likely will miss several weeks.

“At some point in time, he’s going to have to have surgery. That’s a given. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it,” Magic general manager Otis Smith said.

Nelson left the Magic’s 105-95 loss to the Mavericks on Monday night in the third quarter after he was fouled by Dallas center Erick Dampier and hit the floor. Nelson came up bent over and clutching his right shoulder before heading to the locker room in pain.

The injury leaves the Southeast division-leading Magic (36-11) with a major hole.

Orlando does not have a third point guard behind backup Anthony Johnson. The Magic likely will have to sign another point guard or convert shooting guards J.J. Redick and Courtney Lee.

HORNETS: Chris Paul laughed and joked with teammates after practice, the grim silence that followed the All-Star point guard’s injury and his team’s ensuing collapse a night earlier fading into memory.

New Orleans learned while blowing a big lead to Portland on Monday night that adjusting to life without Paul may be even harder than imagined.

PACERS: The agent for guard Jamaal Tinsley expects the NBA Players Association to file a grievance in the next week against the team, according to media reports.

Tinsley has not played this season and has not been allowed to practice with the team. Though he’s listed on the Indiana roster, team president Larry Bird has said the Pacers don’t intend to bring him back.

ALL-STAR: H-O-R-S-E has been added to the NBA’s All-Star weekend.

The popular shooting contest will be part of TNT’s coverage Feb. 14, the network announced. Three NBA players, who will be revealed later, will take part.

The competition will take place outdoors at the NBA’s All-Star Block Party in Phoenix. The dunk contest, 3-point shootout and skills challenge are later Saturday night, and the All-Star Game is Sunday.

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