Jameer Nelson will return from a knee injury tonight and play for the Orlando Magic against the Atlanta Hawks.

After sitting out one game, Nelson tested the knee Tuesday afternoon and participated in the Magic's shootaround today at Philips Arena and experienced no problems.

"I'm pretty good," Nelson said. "It felt pretty good after working out yesterday so that's a good sign. I'll try to go out there and try to help my team tonight and win."

Meanwhile, Chris Duhon will not play tonight after he injured his right thumb Monday against the New York Knicks, and there is concern that he could miss an extended period of time. Coach Stan Van Gundy said Duhon will be examined by the team orthopedist and by a hand specialist when the Magic return to Florida.

"He was in a lot of pain," Van Gundy said. "It's not going to be anything where he'll be back soon, that's for sure."

Magic President of Basketball Operations Otis Smith said Duhon's injury, if serious, doesn't mean he'll go out and sign a third point guard.

"I have to look at a lot of things," Smith said. "It's not just Chris. There's Chris. There's J.J. [Redick, who is also injured]. There's a lot of other things that you have to consider. So it would have to make some sense. You could bring in any guy to fill a roster just to fill a roster. We have not done that in the past. I don't know if you've paid attention to Stan Van Gundy's system, but we can't just bring in a guy off the street and say, 'OK, now play in this system.' It just doesn't work that way."