If the Denver Nuggets ever needed a shot in the arm, now would be the time. A 1-4 start has Brian Shaw's team reeling, but it'll get a boost with the return of forward Wilson Chandler on Monday night against the Utah Jazz, reports the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey.
Just how much of a help the 6'8 forward will be is still an issue, however. Denver's training staff will keep a close watch on Chandler, and his minutes could be restricted as the team takes a cautious approach.
Chandler missed the preseason and regular season with a lingering hamstring injury, and after initially pushing himself too hard in rehab will finally be able to give it another go. The 26-year-old out of DePaul averaged 13 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 43 outings during the 2012-13 season, and he will provide another scoring option that Denver is lacking after point guard Ty Lawson's 22.3 points per game.
The Nuggets are still awaiting the return of swingman Danilo Gallinari, who tore his ACL in April. That injury added a hole to Denver's offense considering Gallinari was averaging 16 points per game, and it didn't help this offseason when Andre Iguodala found himself headed to Golden State. The much-improved Jordan Hamilton has taken to the starting small forward spot and behind Lawson is the second-leading scorer at 12 points per game.
More early troubles cropped up Sunday when it was learned center JaVale McGee would be out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his leg, but the return of Chandler -- if he's healthy enough -- gives Denver another scoring option on the perimeter.