Denver Nuggets seek to regain home dominance

Coach Brian Shaw holds practice on main court at Pepsi Center
by Aaron Lopez

Seeking to recapture their home dominance, the Nuggets took to the main court at Pepsi Center for practice Sunday.

Denver typically practices on its court upstairs from the locker room, but coach Brian Shaw changed things up following back-to-back home losses to Charlotte and Toronto.

"Whenever the main court is available, I love to practice on it," Shaw said. "We normally only get an hour on the day of the games to practice on this court. How much of an advantage is it really for us? Any time it’s available, I want to come out there."

After winning a team-record 38 home games last season, the Nuggets are 12-11 at Pepsi Center heading into Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Nuggets (22-23) would benefit from the return of starting point guard Ty Lawson, who has missed the past two games with a strained left rotator cuff. Lawson practiced Sunday and expressed optimism about playing against the Clippers.

"I have a better range of motion (in the shoulder)," Lawson said. "Just a couple things limiting me right now. I'll see how it reacts to me practicing today and then go from there."

Without Lawson and backup guard Nate Robinson (knee surgery), Denver committed a season-high 26 turnovers against the Raptors.

"We were throwing the ball all over the place," Shaw said. "Now they see why I'm always yelling at Ty to get the ball. It's a relief if he can play, especially if he can play at the level he was before the injury."

Lawson leads the team in scoring and assists and has scored in double figures in 39 of 41 games this season.