Glen Davis nearing return?

Glen Davis has been in the background for the Magic since spraining his shoulder at the end of the Magic's Dec. 19 win over the Wizards. Orlando has gone 1-10 in that time and the team is hungry to have its emotional leader and linchipin back.

It appears Davis is close to making his return. Although when his return might happen is up to Jacque Vaughn and Vaughn has said with previous injuries that he will hold a player out until he is truly ready (certainly the Hedo Turkoglu struggles will make him pause before bringing Davis back until he is ready).

David Steele noted on the broadcast of the Magic's win over the Clippers on FSFlorida that Glen Davis could be back as soon as this week. That would certainly be welcome news for the Magic. Of course, the exact date is still very much uncertain and will depend on how Davis' rehab is progressing and how he feels after participating in practice.

[He’s] progressing, getting shots up,” coach Jacque Vaughn told Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel before the Magic upset the Los Angeles Clippers 104-101 Saturday afternoon. “Nothing negative, and conditioning-wise, he’s improving

The original estimates for Davis' return was 4-6 weeks. That would peg Davis' return anywhere between January 16 (Wednesday) and January 30. Davis stayed home and did not accompany the Magic on this latest West Coast road trip.

Davis is having a career season in a much larger role for the Magic this year, averaging 16.0 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game. He is shooting a surprisingly well 44.9 percent despite his penchant for taking mid-range jumpers and isolating himself too much.

Defensively, Orlando has missed his presence and know-how in protecting the paint during this 11-game absence. It will be a very welcome sight to see Davis back on the floor when he is ready to go.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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