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The Denver Nuggets could be about a month away from getting a nice lift as they jostle for Western Conference playoff position.

On Wednesday, coach Michael Malone said that the hope is that big man Paul Millsap will return to the Denver lineup in about a month.

Millsap has only played in 16 games this season due to wrist surgery. He was his usual effective self in those games, averaging 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

The Nuggets are currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference, though they’re only one game ahead of the ninth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers, meaning their playoff positioning is far from secure. The return of Millsap, coupled with the growth of guards such as Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, could see Denver move up in the standings, not down.

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This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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