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- Denver will get point guard Ty Lawson back after missing two games with a strained left rotator cuff. His absence was felt even more when backup Nate Robinson went down with a torn ACL in his left knee last Wednesday. Without them the Nuggets struggled with turnovers, committing a season-high 26 against Toronto on Friday.
- The Clippers signed guard Sasha Vujacic to a 10-day contract Monday. Vujacic, who has played the last two seasons in Turkey, is the second veteran shooter the Clippers have signed in the last three weeks. They also brought in forward Hedo Turkoglu for the rest of the season. Coach Doc Rivers said he won’t limit Vujacic to one position. “I don’t put numbers on him. He’s just a ballplayer,” Rivers said. “It depends on what group we have him on the floor with. I’m not concerned with that.”
- Despite the lack of point guards the Nuggets haven’t talked to guard Andre Miller, who has been excused from the team since he shouted at coach Brian Shaw on the bench during a game on Jan. 1. Shaw said it’s up to Miller to re-establish communication. “If there’s any reaching out that needs to be done, the reaching out has to come from him,” Shaw said. “At this point, we’re still trying to evaluate the situation. The guys that are here are going to be our concern. It’s something I’ve completely taken myself out of. Whatever happens will be dealt with between him, his agent and the front office.”
- Rivers said injured guard Chris Paul, out since Jan. 4 with a right shoulder injury, should be cleared to practice by the end of the week. He said there won’t be much practice time to work him back in but Paul shouldn’t need a lot of work to start playing games again. “Nah, I think he’s pretty good.”
– Michael Kelly