Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson out with heel injury

Denver takes on Brooklyn without leading scorer, playmaker
by Aaron Lopez

Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson did not play Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets due to a plantar fascia tear in his right heel.

Lawson, who leads Denver in scoring and assists, initially suffered the injury on March 19 at Oklahoma City. He sat out three games before playing 20 minutes Wednesday at San Antonio.

The tear occurred in Oklahoma City, and did not increase in severity when Lawson played against the Spurs.

“I wanted to try and see how it felt (in San Antonio),” Lawson said Friday. “It was feeling better. I wanted to figure it out and see where I was at.”

Surgery is not necessary and Lawson will continue the same treatment program that has been in place for the past 10 days. He officially is listed as day-to-day.

“I don’t know how much time I’m going to miss,” he said.

With Lawson out, veteran Andre Miller continued to start at point guard. Swingman Andre Iguodala and rookie guard Evan Fournier also proved to be excellent options for Nuggets coach George Karl.

Iguodala had eight assists against the Nets, while Fournier scored a career-high 19 points off the bench.

“It’s a mental challenge more than anything,” Karl said. “I as a coach have to figure out what combinations work and they’ve got to figure out how to create more flow and rhythm that comes when Ty is in the lineup.”

The Nuggets, in a race for the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, improved to 4-2 in five games without Lawson this season.

While the injury comes in the midst of a postseason push, the schedule is favorable for his recovery.

After facing Brooklyn, the Nuggets play just three games over the next 11 days.