Apr 8, 2014, 5:58 PM EDT
At this point in the season, if you have a slightly banged up star on a team not headed for the playoffs, what’s the point? Why play him?
In the case of Lawson, the key to the Nuggets’ offense but who has been battling a sprained ankle, coach Brian Shaw wouldn’t say he was officially done. But read between the lines of his comments to the Denver Post.
“Just to rehab his ankle and get healthy, as healthy as possible. If he can come back and he feels strong enough to come back and it’s not going to do any further damage, then I want him to come back. But if he can’t, it’s really not a big deal. I think the most important thing is his health going forward.”
He’s done for the year.
Pelicans’ coach Monty Williams was more direct in talking about Gordon, who has left knee tendonitis. Williams was quoted on the Pelicans’ Web site.
“I doubt that he’ll play anymore this year, but that’s just (my opinion),” Pelicans Coach Monty Williams said of the sixth-year NBA veteran. “He’s getting evaluations on his knee.”
Expect to see more of this on a variety of teams as the season winds down. What’s the point of pushing it with injured players if you’re lottery bound?
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