Jameer Nelson Is Having A Career Night; His Teammates Are Average

Through three quarters of play in Game 5 between the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic, Jameer Nelson has 25 points and he's 5-6 from behind the arc. He's having a career game, stepping up huge when his team needs him the most.

The Magic aren't exactly a team with superior talent, but when Dwight Howard is in the lineup, their good players can look great. He draws double teams and creates easy shots for his teammates. Without Howard, nothing has come easy, which is exactly why Nelson's third quarter was so impressive. The way he made space for himself in the lane on the two layups here and on the first three-pointer entirely by himself are things that just weren't happening for him in the first four games of the series.

Unfortunately for Nelson, his teammates didn't get the memo that you're supposed to bring your best when you're up against elimination on the road. No one else has been impressive offensively for the Magic. If they're going to avoid elimination, he's going to have to carry them, or someone else is going to have to start making shots. As a whole, the Magic look bad, but this game is interesting because Nelson's been so spectacular.

For more on the Pacers, check out Indy Cornrows and SB Nation Indiana. For more on the Magic, head over to Orlando Pinstriped Post and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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