The fire was missing from the Magic. Jameer Nelson noticed it and was frustrated by it. Finally after six games sidelined with an injury there was something he could do about it.
Trailing by 10 points in the third quarter, Jacque Vaughn stood in his coach's huddle while Nelson huddled with his teammates. There, Nelson constructively vented his frustration with the Magic's effort so far that evening in Detroit. He asked his teammates to commit themselves on defense and not to let offensive struggles affect their effort on the defensive end.
It was a seemingly simply request from the Magic's team captain. One he could have said easily in a practice as a reminder. It might have meant more coming from someone in the heat of battle though. It might have meant more coming from someone who could actually put actions behind the words in a game.
Jameer Nelson's return turned out to be more than the return of a stabilizing presence. It was the return of the team...