Jan 11, 2010 5:19 PM by Associated Press

Anthony says he'll play against Minnesota

The Denver Nuggets will have All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony back in the lineup against Minnesota.

Anthony, the league's leading scorer, said after the morning shootaround that his bruised right knee is healed enough to play Monday night.

Anthony, who is averaging 30 points a game, banged up his knee Dec. 28 at Sacramento and has missed the last five games. Denver was 3-2 in his absence.

The injury-plagued Nuggets are beginning to return to full strength. The only player questionable for the game Monday is rookie guard Ty Lawson, who is still hampered by a sprained left ankle. He remains a game-time decision.


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