Ty Lawson injury: Nuggets guard returns from rib fracture after 9-game absence

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Denver has lost 10 of its last 11 games, and much of the hurt has come without point guard Ty Lawson.

Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson will return to the court Monday after sitting out nine games with a broken rib, the team announced.

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Denver, which hosts the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, should be thankful Lawson is finally able to play. The Nuggets are in major need of a boost and in a major way having dropped 10 games in their last 11 tries.

Lawson has watched the last nine games from the sideline. He fractured his rib on Feb. 8 against the Detroit Pistons and Denver's offense has since slowed to a crawl.

A team averaging 102.2 points per game on the year has averaged just 93.5 points per game without its speedy point guard.

Randy Foye first found himself sliding from the shooting guard spot to the point with backup Nate Robinson out for the year and veteran Andre Miller having clashed with coach Brian Shaw. Miller was traded to the Washington Wizards at the Feb. 20 trade deadline, and at that point Denver also acquired point guard Aaron Brooks in a trade with the Houston Rockets. Brooks took over in the last five games and has averaged 11.8 points and 4.0 assists per game, but he couldn't push the Nuggets to a win.

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Lawson is averaging 18 points and 8.8 assists per game in 2013-14, both career-best marks.

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