The Nuggets could have Camby back in the starting lineup Saturday when they try to halt the Los Angeles Clippers’ four-game winning streak in the back end of a home-and-home set at Staples Center.
Camby returned to action for the first time since Dec. 27 in Denver’s 105-87 home loss to Los Angeles on Friday. The 6-foot-11 center missed 15 games after surgery for a broken finger on his right hand.
Camby was averaging an NBA-leading 12.9 rebounds per game at the time of his injury. He made 1-of-10 shots on Friday, but had a team-high 10 rebounds in 23 minutes.
“I missed shots I normally knock down,” he said. “I just have to forget about it and deal with it. Having an injury to my shooting hand isn’t ideal. I just will have to do better.”
Nuggets coach George Karl would not indicate whether Camby will start on Saturday.
Denver won 11 of 15 games without Camby but could not contain Elton Brand on Friday. Brand had 33 points and 10 rebounds, including a 16-point first quarter in which he scored the Clippers’ first 14 points.
“I wanted to set a tone, I really wanted this game,” Brand said. “They kept finding me in positions I could score and once they started doubling me really hard on the catch, there were other guys open. I didn’t mind sharing the rock.”
Sam Cassell added 25 points for Los Angeles, which is seeking to win five straight for the first time since Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2004. The Clippers are on their third four-game winning streak of the season.
Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 25 points for Denver, which suffered its worst home loss of the season. Andre Miller had a rough night, making 3-of-11 shots for 10 points and seven assists.
“We played a bad game tonight,” Miller said. “But we can go out there and get them tomorrow.”
Denver is seeking a fifth straight road win for the first time since March 30-April 8, 2005.