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Ty Lawson Injury Update: Nuggets Guard Says He Will Play Vs. Grizzlies

Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and was expected to be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies, but now Lawson has told Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post he will play. Lawson is having a career year -- averaging 15.7 points, 6.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game in the 2011-12 season -- and is the leader of the NBA's fastest and most efficient offense, but much of his value is dependent on his ability to change direction quickly and push the ball at full speed.

If Lawson is less than 100 percent and only marginally effective, the Nuggets can still turn to veteran point guard Andre Miller for offensive leadership. Miller has posted double-doubles with points and assists in each of the last four games, and is making the best of his opportunity to take the lead role -- which is something he expressed an interest in regaining earlier this month. With Lawson's aggressive and breakneck pace, it shouldn't take long to see if he is operating at full-strength on Tuesday night.

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