--G Ty Lawson says he's only at about 70 percent after sitting out Saturday at Minnesota because of a left knee strain. But Lawson looked a lot better than that in Monday's 108-103 loss to Houston after missing his one game. He scored 19 points and had five assists and six rebounds. The backup point guard had to play 34 minutes, 10 more than his average, when starting point guard Chauncey Billups was lost for the game late in the first quarter because of a knee injury.
--F Al Harrington is regarded as a small forward or an undersized power forward. On Monday against Houston he got the start at center because Nene was ill. The Nuggets did that because the 6-foot-9 Harrington wasn't considered to have a matchup problem with Chuck Hayes, who at 6-6 is one of the shortest starting centers in NBA history. But Hayes got the better of the matchup, totaling 12 points and 10 rebounds to 10 points and seven boards for Harrington.
--G Anthony Carter has been inducted into the University of Hawaii's Sports Circle of Honor. Carter played at the school from 1996-98. "It feels great," Carter said. "Just a lot of hard work. I'd like to thank the fans and coaches for helping me get to that point." Carter, the third-string point guard, logged nine minutes Monday against Houston after starting point guard Chauncey Billups was lost for the night late in the first quarter because of a knee injury. It's the second straight game Carter has played after sitting out nine in a row.
--G Chauncey Billups (left knee strain) was lost for the rest of the game in the first quarter Monday against Houston. He's day to day.
--G Ty Lawson (left knee strain) returned Monday against Houston after sitting out Saturday at Minnesota.
--C Nene (sinus infection and chest congestion) sat out Monday against Houston. He's day to day.
--Point guard Chauncey Billups
--Shooting guard Arron Afflalo
--Small forward Carmelo Anthony
--Power forward Kenyon Martin
--Forward Al Harrington
--Guard J.R. Smith
--Guard Ty Lawson
--Center Chris Andersen
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