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Ty Lawson returns to action for Denver. Which is good.

Apr 12, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

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

As I have said on this site before, Denver will miss Danilo Gallinari come the playoffs. They’ll miss his ability to stretch the floor as a four and the fact he was part of most of their best lineups.

But they need to get Ty Lawson all the way back if they are going to be a threat.

Which is why it was good news that Lawson returned to the Nuggets lineup on Friday night against the Nuggets. Andre Miller still started but George Karl said Lawson would get 20 minutes off the bench. He is expected to play in the Nuggets final four regular season games.

Lawson, who leads the Nuggets with 16.7 points and 6.9 assists a game, had played in only one of the Nuggets last nine games, and in that one he wasn’t himself (1-of-7 shooting). The reason was a right plantar fasciitis tear, something that takes a while to heal.

If Lawson is back by the time the playoffs star, Denver is going to be a first round favorite and a tough out against whoever gets them in the second round.

  1. badintent - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Good news ! hope he got the right orthotics to protect his feet.

  2. 4thquartermagic - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    As someone who’s watched almost every game, I still don’t understand the “Gallanari injury is going to hurt the Nuggets in the playoffs” argument.

    FACT: Nuggets pushed the Lakers to 7 games last year in the second round. Gallo averaged just 12 points and 3 assists.

    FACT: In game 7, Gallinari went 1-9 from the field and had a horrific turnover late in the fourth quarter.

    This dude is not a great player just a good one. Wilson Chandler is a better defender, 3 point shooter, and rebounder.

    The Nuggets may lose in the second round, but it won’t be because Gallo isn’t out there to flop in the lane trying to get a call, turnover the ball, or shoot miserably from the field.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Look at their best lineups — their D in particular was better with him on the court and them going small.

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