Dec 1, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson (3) rests during a time out in the fourth quarter of a game against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Denver won the game 112-98. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets Point Guard Ty Lawson To Be Out Until After The All-Star Break

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Lawson Out Until After The All-Star Break

The Denver Nuggets have had bad luck with the injury bug this season, losing JaVale McGee and Nate Robinson. Now their best player in Ty Lawson will be out until some point after the All-Star break with a fractured rib he suffered in the loss to the Detroit Pistons this past Saturday. Usually a fractured rib takes 3-to-6 weeks to heal so don’t expect Lawson out on the hardwood anytime soon.

Brian Shaw followed up on the injury to Ty Lawson via Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post.

“I would imagine it would be a little while,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. “I saw when he did it, how he writhed in pain and it took him pretty much until today to be able to sit up straight. Luckily for us, after tonight’s game and Wednesday’s game we have the all-star break, so that will give us a built-in three, four, five days before our next game.”

With Ty Lawson out, Brian Shaw will give second-year pro Quincy Miller the starting nod for the next couple of games. This is what the starting line-up should look like.

PG: Randy Foye
SG: Quincy Miller
SF: Wilson Chandler
PF: Kenneth Faried
C: J.J. Hickson

Here is more on Brian Shaw’s plan with the first and second rotation.

“I have to keep somebody in the second unit that can do some of the ballhandling,” Shaw said. “So bringing Evan (Fournier) in with that second unit to relieve Randy when he comes out of the game, and having the combination of Evan and Jordan Hamilton, who has played some guard with us who can handle the ball as well.”

Lastly, here is what Ty Lawson had to say about the timing of the injury.

“It couldn’t be better timing,” Lawson said. “The all-star break is coming up, so hopefully it will give me time to (miss) these two games and I can rest during the all-star break.”

The Denver Nuggets (24-25) take on the Indiana Pacers tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM ET, 5:00 PM MT.

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