The Nuggets’ point guard, tops on the team in points and assists, is sidelined with a complete tear of the plantar fascia in his right heel. Nuggets coach George Karl suggested Monday that his floor general could be pain-free in “a couple weeks.”

Asked about the injury, Karl said, “I’m optimistic that this injury was kind of a blessing – I have a feel that he had somewhat of a tear, that’s untreatable. You can rest it, rest it, and that doesn’t work. But popping it creates a situation where once the soreness goes away and it stretches it, you probably should be pain-free and it could come in a couple weeks. That’s our job – his job and our job – to get him feeling 100 percent and having confidence playing. I think it’s a situation to where it’s going to work it’s way out.”

Andre Miller is expected to start in the back-to-back games on Wednesday at Utah and Thursday against Dallas, and rookie Evan Fournier will likely, again, be part of the reserve unit.