Randy Foye expected to return to Nuggets starting lineup

It didn’t take long for Denver Nuggets shooting guard Randy Foye to work his way back into the starting lineup.

Nine days to be exact.

After going 7-for-11 from the field with nine assists over the past two games off the bench, Foye returned to the starting lineup Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.

He struggled from the field, going 0-for-6 from 3-point range, but finished with 14 points, four rebounds and six assists in a 114-102 loss.

Foye started the first 27 games of the season before coach Brian Shaw inserted Jordan Hamilton for Denver’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans last Friday. Foye played just 7 minutes against New Orleans but bounced back with 11 points against Memphis the next night, and he added 11 points and seven assists against the Miami Heat on Monday.

“It’s not about me. It’s about the team and what’s going to help the team,” Foye said after the Heat game. “J-Ham, he’s been shooting the ball well when he’s been out there. We have so many guys. I can’t worry about how many points I score or how many touches I’m getting.”

Foye, 30, joined the Nuggets as a free agent in a sign-and-trade deal with the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors last summer.

After setting a Utah franchise record with 178 3-pointers last season, Foye is 44-for-138 from behind the arc this season.

He has made a concerted effort to attack the basket and look for open teammates in the past three games.

“My shot hasn’t been falling the way I want it to fall,” he said. “I’ve been working extremely hard and I’m talking what the defense gives me.”