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Wilson Chandler Injury Update: Chandler Should Be Available Against Rockets

It appears the Denver Nuggets could benefit from the return of a key scoring option as they prepare to enter the stretch run of the season, as Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post is reporting that Wilson Chandler should be available tonight after battling groin and hip injuries:

@nuggetsnews: Wilson Chandler should be available to play tonight for the

Chandler hasn't been able to make the impact that many were hoping for when he returned from China. Chandler has appeared in only seven games and has been sidelined since March 30 with a groin/hip injury. Earlier this week, George Karl told the Denver Post that even when he returned, Chandler wouldn't be at 100%.

Karl said that "if and when" Chandler gets back, he will be in a similar situation to that of Al Harrington, who is playing with torn meniscus.

"His hip is not going to heal this year," Karl said of Chandler. "But can he play and be effective?"

The recent return of Danilo Gallinari lessens the blow, but Denver still has a void at forward off the bench. Corey Brewer, among others, will be expected to bring energy and production.

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