Late in the second quarter, Jameer Nelson went up for a floater, doing all he could to keep the Magic afloat in a poor offensive first half. The shot hit off the back iron and Paul Pierce went up for it grabbing the rebound. Nelson tried to be sneaky and make a play on the ball.
Only Pierce's elbow came down hard on Nelson's forearm. Nelson doubled over in pain as Boston ran to the other end of the floor and scored a layup. The Magic called timeout and Nelson went to the locker room, not returning to the game for the second half. Nelson is officially day-to-day with a bruise on his left forearm.
To the team though, it was another frustrating injury to a key player -- a team that cannot afford to lose too many of these key players with all the depth and talent issues on this roster. The game became more frustrating as the Celtics tightened up on defense and found ways to squeeze into the Magic defense and take advantage of every mistake.