The Denver Nuggets take on the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday night and the team may have to do it without its centerpiece player, point guard Ty Lawson. He's missed the last two games due to a sprained ankle that he suffered in Wednesday's win over the Sacramento Kings.
"When we don't have Ty, the versatility of the team, the confidence that comes with being short one of your best players, it's not how you lose the game, it's the confidence you don't have all the time," Nuggets coach George Karl said Sunday after his team ended a six-game winning streak with a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to the Denver Post.
The ankle injury to Lawson, who is averaging 15.7 points and 6.5 assists per game this year, is getting better, the Post notes, but "during pregame warm-ups Sunday, he couldn't cut the way he needed to" and it won't be known if he can play Tuesday until he tests the ankle in pregame warm-ups.
"It felt a little bit better moving back and forth today," Lawson said Monday, according to the Post. "So it definitely will be a game-time decision. It's just the cutting thing. ... I can jump and do everything else. But just cutting back and forth, playing defense and stuff like that, that would have been tough (against the Clippers)."