"If we reel off a ton of games in a row and we get in a groove with everything being the way it is, I would leave it the same way," coach Brian Shaw said. "I did tell Gallo and Wilson, when I made the change to put Wilson in the starting lineup, that it wasn't going to be permanent. And so, now it's just a matter of when I feel confident enough in Gallo being back to where he was or close to where he was, to switch it back. But he's not there yet, and so we'll just leave it the way it is."
Chandler has started 10 of the team's first 12 games this season, averaging 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 28.3 minutes per contest. Gallinari, who is coming off ACL surgery, is averaging 6.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17.7 minutes per game.
"He's getting more and more comfortable, more and more confident," Shaw told the Denver Post Thursday. "And he's doing a lot of different things - rebounding, pushing the ball himself, posting up, spotting up hitting jumpers, on the move and in catch-and-shoot situations. It's what we need from him. Especially as (Danilo Gallinari) is trying to get his feet under him and get going. I can't say enough about Wilson. He's been good. He's been one of our most solid and consistent players from training camp all the way until now."
"Will has been playing good basketball all year long, just picking his spots, being aggressive offensively," guard Arron Afflalo added. "He's been given some tough defensive assignments as well. He's been a complete player this early season. I'm happy for his progression."
Chandler has averaged 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds over his first 11 games but has shot just 39 percent from the field, which would represent a new career low if that mark was maintained through the season.
Chandler scored just 12 points in his first two games combined but has been leaned upon this week, scoring 13 or 14 points in each of his last three games. He also tallied one assist and one steal in his 27 minutes of action Friday. The Nuggets are set to face the Blazers Sunday.
Chandler came off the bench to play 21 minutes, scoring nine points on 3 of 7 shooting. He added two rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals, as the Nuggets went on to win, 101-94.
Chandler left the game in the middle of the fourth quarter and wasn't spotted on the bench, so it's possible he went back to the locker room early for some treatment. He has appeared in 60 games with just two left on the schedule, averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
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