Friday, March 29, 2013
Why Lawson's been hurting
By Tom Carpenter
We have known for quite sometime that Ty Lawson has been battling a heel injury, an ailment that sidelined him for three games before a failed attempt to ball during Wednesday's game (19 minutes, 2 points on 1-of-7 shooting). After further examination Thursday, it's been determined that Lawson has torn the plantar fascia in his right heel, according to the team's official Twitter feed.
"#Nuggets PG @TyLawson3 has a plantar fascia tear in his right heel. No surgery required. Out tonight vs Brooklyn. Status day-to-day," read their tweet.
After Friday's game, the Nugs don't hit the hardwood again until Wednesday, at which point they have three games in four nights before taking a three-day break. Plantar fascia tears don't heal without significant rest (just ask Pau Gasol, who missed about six weeks with his torn fascia), so it seems clear that Lawson won't be 100-percent healthy until the summer. However, it's possible he will take advantage of a week's worth of rest and give it a try on Wednesday.
In the meantime, Andre Miller should continue to churn out a ton of dimes as the starting point guard -- and since Lawson will still be hobbled upon his return, the Nugs likely will have to continue leaning on Miller for the remainder of the season.