• Sporting a black hard cast on his left arm, Paul Millsap was back with the Nuggets for the first time since undergoing reconstructive wrist surgery on November 26th.

    He is expected to be out until at least the All-Star break but his veteran leadership off the court is extremely valuable for the Nuggets. Trey Lyles continues to take advantage of his increased minutes since Millsap’s injury. After dropping a career-high 25 points (including 15 in the fourth quarter) at Indiana on Sunday, he scored 20 against the Pistons on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting. He also has made eight of his last 10 three-point attempts. “Offensively, there’s not a lot of things that Trey can’t do,” Malone said. “If you close out to run him off the three point line, he’s capable of putting the ball on the floor and making plays for others as well.” Kenneth Faried was a DNP-CD last night after playing approximately 30 minutes in the previous two games as Malone seems to be riding the hot hand for now. Lyles should continue to have value until Nikola Jokic is back from his ankle sprain at some point later this week.

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