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- Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler will make his season debut tonight. Chandler has missed Denver’s first six games with a hamstring injury suffered in the preseason. Chandler is expected to come off the bench and have his minutes monitored as he eases back into action. “Chandler will be good for them. I had him in New York and he’s a good player,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He can play four, he can play three, and he gives them another attacker.”
- The Lakers are going to stick with the starting lineup they used in Tuesday’s home win over New Orleans. D’Antoni plugged Jordan Hill and Wesley Johnson in at the forward positions and they helped Los Angeles snap a two-game skid. Hill scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his first start of the season. “He just plays. He tries to do what we say, and then he plays as hard as he can,” D’Antoni said of Hill. “It’s not a real tough thing to figure out. He’s been doing it, and he’s been really good, if not our best player.” D’Antoni said he hopes he doesn’t have to keep shuffling the starting lineup until guards Steve Nash (nerve root irritation) and Kobe Bryant (Achilles surgery) return. “If we keep winning I hope I don’t have to tinker anymore,” D’Antoni said.
- The Nuggets have 12 players averaging at least 15 minutes a game but it won’t be a season-long trend, coach Brian Shaw said. Rotating so many players in has been necessitated by injuries and by a lack of energy in some games. “I’d like to get the rotation down to nine or 10 guys,” Shaw said. “I’ve been trying to seek out and search for combinations that work. We still have injuries. Definitely something I’ve wanted to do but something I’ve needed to do.”
– Michael Kelly