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Ty Lawson out with plantar fascia tear in right heel

Mar 29, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

Denver Nuggets' Lawson celebrates game winning basket over Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA basketball game in Denver

This is not good for Denver.

Ty Lawson is engine of the Nuggets up-tempo, ball distributing offense and the guy they can count on to create shots for himself and others in the halfcourt late in games.

He has a plantar fascia tear in right heel, the team announced. He will not play against Brooklyn on Friday and is officially listed as day-to-day.

A torn plantar fascia is what had Pau Gasol had and missed six weeks because of. There are degrees of tears, so the severity of the Lawson injury certainly could be less.

But this is not good.

Lawson missed three games with the heel injury, then tried to return against the Spurs but was not on the court at the end of a close game saying he “could not move” because of the heel pain. They missed him. On the season Lawson averages 17.3 points and 7.1 assists per game, plus he knocks down 36 percent of his threes.

He needs time off to let this heal, right up to the start of the playoffs if that is what it takes. Then see what he can do. With a healthy Lawson the Nuggets are a threat in the West and a team nobody wants to face, but if he is slowed they become much more beatable.

  1. asimonetti88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    This kept Pau out for quite a while. Nuggets fans better hope Lawson’s injury is not as severe. He is turning into an elite player, and while Miller is a good player he is not the same.

  2. aldavis4president - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Ouch! I was looking forward to watchting them in playoffs at full strength.

  3. starvingardens - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I find this funny… Ty Lawson has planter fascia on his right Tar Heel. Haha

  4. mungman69 - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Denver now hopes.

  5. dysraw1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    oh boy this could hurt their positioning going in. they are a higher seed than i expected, hope things go well for this team

  6. badintent - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Gotta be the damn shoes !!

  7. pistolpete0903 - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Damn, that sucks.
    The Nuggets were looking a dangerous playoff team, Without Lawson though, they are very beatable.

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