--F Danilo Gallinari says it takes time to get used to the NBA playoffs. As a third-year man, Gallinari last season made his playoff debut, and mostly struggled. He shot 43.2 percent and averaged 12 points against Oklahoma City after having averaged 15.6 during the season.
"I learned something about the play of the game of basketball (in the NBA playoffs)," Gallinari said. "It's another level. The thing is: You have to do the same thing that you do during the regular season, but they know you're going to do that. So you've got to do the same thing with another speed, another intensity."
That's what Gallinari is trying to do in these playoffs. Through two games, he has shown improvement, averaging 16 points.
Forward Al Harrington said it's important for Gallinari to play a key role in these playoffs.
"We've been trying to get him going, and he finally got himself going a little bit," Harrington said.
--F Wilson Chandler is expected to be ready for training camp next fall after he underwent surgery on his left hip. Dr. Marc Philippon performed the procedure to repair a torn labrum.
The Nuggets had ruled April 18 that Chandler would require surgery and be out for the season. He averaged 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in eight games, six of them starts.
Chandler began the season in China and did not join the Nuggets until March, when he signed a five-year, $37 million contract as a restricted free agent.
Chandler first came to Denver from New York in February 2011 in the blockbuster trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks. Chandler averaged 15.3 points last season with the Knicks and Nuggets.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"They're very big, very long." -- Coach George Karl, on the Lakers, who have dominated his team inside in taking a 2-0 lead in a West first-round series.
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