Ty Lawson Injury: Updates on Nuggets Guard's Ribs and Return

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Monday, March 3

Ty Lawson will make his return to the Nuggets tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves according to the Nuggets Twitter account:

Updates from Monday, Feb. 17

Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post caught up with head coach Brian Shaw on Monday to get an update on Ty Lawson's rib injury:

The Nuggets Twitter account updated Lawson's status for tomorrow night's game:

Updates from Monday, Feb. 10

The Denver Nuggets have updated Ty Lawson's status before Monday's game vs. Indiana:

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The Denver Nuggets currently sit 10th in the Western Conference standings, and things aren't going to get any easier with star point guard Ty Lawson injured.

The Nuggets revealed that Lawson broke his rib on Saturday night:

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw commented on the injury:

Initially, the Nuggets reported via Twitter that Lawson aggravated his back:

The Nuggets later announced that he would not return:

Lawson is the straw that stirs the drink for a Denver offense averaging almost 104 points per game on the season. His ability to facilitate at a lightning-quick pace makes the Nuggets very difficult to guard in the open floor and difficult to predict in the half court as well.

On the season, Lawson is averaging 18.3 points and nearly nine assists per game. Despite being just 5'11'', he's also muscled his way to nearly four rebounds per game.

Lawson's injury doesn't sound serious, but it's one that will have Denver holding its collective breathe until it's resolved. 

Andre Miller is currently listed as Lawson's backup, and while he's a steady, veteran option, he's no match for Lawson's explosiveness at this point in his career. Nate Robinson is the other option on the Nuggets' depth chart, but he's nowhere near the floor general Lawson can be.

If the Nuggets want to remain in the hunt, Lawson must be ready to go. Stay tuned for updates on his condition.