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Ty Lawson practices, could play Wednesday against Spurs

Apr 9, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

Tony Parker,Danny Green, Ty Lawson AP

The Nuggets are going to miss Danilo Gallinari in the playoffs, but Wilson Chandler and Corey Brewer can fill in some of his production and points.

But they aren’t going anywhere in the postseason without Ty Lawson. Andre Miller is a great point guard off the bench but Lawson is the engine that makes the Nuggets offense run in another gear.

And he could be back from a torn plantar facia this week — he went through five-on-five practice on Tuesday. Then after the game coach George Karl said this, tweeted by the official Denver Nuggets account.

He shouldn’t rush back — if he needs to sit out until Game 1 of the playoffs he should. But if he’s ready to go and can ease his way back in over the next week then all the better.

With him, Denver is a real playoff threat. They also want to keep the three seed (meaning likely Golden State in the first round, an easier matchup than Memphis or the L.A. Clippers). Having Lawson back makes it more likely Denver can get the wins to hold down that spot. Currently the Nuggets are the three seed, one game up on Memphis and two up on the Clippers (L.A. will be no lower than the four seed as they won the Pacific division, but that doesn’t guarantee them home court in the first round).

  1. badintent - Apr 9, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Very happy for Nuggets nation. See ya’ll in the Finals. Knick Nation.It will be the old Nuggets vs. the new Nuggets. Love it.

  2. saint1997 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    I think Fournier has shown a lot of promise as well and nobody talks about him. Seriously his per 36 numbers are an efficient 17 a game so he’ll be one of the guys who ends up getting traded and surprised everyone with his production at his new home

    • acanniv - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      Fournier’s not going anywhere. Masai loves him. They could have stashed him in Europe for a couple of seasons, but they decided to bring him over this season. YMCA Dre won’t be around forever, Iggy and Brewer may not re-sign. Fournier’s only 20. He’s good insurance. He’ll be a Nugget for the forseeable future.

      • saint1997 - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:20 AM

        In a sense that is almost a shame, because I want him to get serious starters minutes somewhere! So much potential and promise!

      • 4thquartermagic - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Lol dude is only 20 y/o. OBVIOUSLY he will get minutes when Andre Miller moves on.

        In the meantime its nice to see Masai Ujiris eye for talent paying immediate dividends for two years in a row now. Faried last year and Evan this year.

        In Masai we trust!

  3. anhdazman - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:40 AM

    Keep calling GSW easy and I promise you’ll be in for a surprise.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      He said “easier” matchup which GSW is in comparison to Memphis or Clippers. GSW is only a threat due to their ability to hit the 3 ball. Over a series I doubt they’re as dangerous as you think.

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