The Denver Nuggets lost to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday by the score of 126-109. It was the Nuggets' second straight loss to drop them to 24-25, third in the Northwest Division. Worse than dropping below .500 was the loss of point guard Ty Lawson due to a rib fracture he sustained just before half time. In the NBA, there is nothing worse than losing the team's floor general and the team's best player. For the Nuggets, that person is Lawson.
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As reported by Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, Lawson was wincing and clearly in pain, barely walking and hurt him even to sit. An X-ray revealed a left rib fracture which is almost certain to sideline him for Monday night's game against the Indiana Pacers.
Lawson has had a season full of injuries. The team's leading scorer was out recently with a shoulder injury to add to his ankle, hamstring and finger injuries he's suffered this season.
Head coach Brian Shaw knows the impact Lawson has on the entire team.
"You could just see it take the wind out of our sails when Ty came out of the game. He's our floor leader. He's our table-setter out there on the floor. He controls the pace and tempo of the game with the speed and things that he does out there on the floor. You don't have him, it also takes away the best guy that we have to stay in front of (Pistons point guard) Brandon Jennings."
Expect Evan Fournier to get the bulk of the minutes at the point in Lawson's absence. Lawson had six points, seven assists and three rebounds at the time of the injury. Fournier had 12 points and three rebounds, in 21 minutes off the bench.
Lawson is in his 5th season out of North Carolina. The Nuggets' leading scorer is averaging 18 points, 8.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game this season. In 324 career games, all with the Nuggets, Lawson is averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 assists per game.