Magic nearing full strength

NBA.comThe Magic did something on Sunday that they have not done this entire season.

Nearly all 15 players on the roster practiced for the first time Sunday according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel and John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com. Al Harrington and Glen Davis joined the Magic in Washington, D.C. on Sunday for the team's practice and took part in light workouts. E'Twaun Moore also returned to practice and appears the closest to returning to the floor.

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports that Gustavo Ayon did not make the impromptu trip and is still in Orlando rehabbing his sore hip. And Hedo Turkoglu is still doing individual work to rehab his broken hand and regain his conditioning.

Still, the news that Davis, Harrington and Moore are getting nearer to a return is very very welcome news for this injury-stricken Magic squad.

As I noted yesterday, this week marks the fourth week Davis has been out and begins the fast end of Davis' prognosis to return. It is still uncertain whether Moore or Davis will play tonight, but Jacque Vaughn has an early history of staying patient with players returning from injury, making sure they are truly ready.

Considering Davis participated only in light drills and has not really tested his shoulder in full scrimmages yet, it is unlikely that he will play tonight against Washington.

Harrington also still has a few weeks to go as he gets back his stamina and confidence in his surgically repaired knee that has had setback after setback in his recovery.

Pretty soon the Magic should have a full roster and some interesting rotation decisions to make in mixing playing the veterans and the younger players. For now, the concern is getting them back to a level that they can contribute and play for this team. That might still be a few days away for Davis and Harrington.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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