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- Nuggets guard Ty Lawson is out with a plantar fascia tear/contusion, which is related to his right heel strain. Lawson will not need surgery and is considered day-to-day, although it could be longer. Lawson suffered the injury March 19 against Oklahoma City and sat out the next three games. He returned against San Antonio on Wednesday and scored two points in 19-plus minutes. He played just seven minutes after halftime. Andre Miller will start in his place and is the only point guard available. Second-year guard Julyan Stone suffered an MCL strain of his right knee in Monday’s loss at New Orleans.
- Without Lawson available Nuggets coach George Karl said he could employ a bigger lineup at times that includes Anthony Randolph. Randolph has played sparingly this season but has played well when he has gotten on the court. How he attacks Brooklyn will depend on the way the game is going. “Tell me how the Nets are going to go after us, tell me how confident we’re going to play early in the game, tell me how we’re shooting the ball. So many things come into my thought process,” Karl said. “The guy I think is playing as well as any of those guys is Anthony Randolph. I could play really big for a period of time, with Wilson (Chandler) at three.”
- Brooklyn guard Joe Johnson will miss his third straight game with a right quad contusion. Johnson is the Nets’ third leading scorer at 16.4 points a game. Even without Johnson Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo thinks the team needs to run to score with the Nuggets. “We can’t score 100 or 100-plus unless we get a bunch in transition,” he said. “We’ve got to make sure while we’re running we’re taking care of the ball and getting the shots we want. Not just coming down and putting up threes.”
– Michael Kelly