The left ankle injury that cost Nuggets guard Ty Lawson the last six games of the 2013-14 season has turned out to be worse than originally thought.

"I still can't run," Lawson said by phone from Valencia, Spain, for NBA 3X, a 3-on-3 tournament sponsored by the league. "They said it's no surgery, just another three or four weeks just staying off of it, not really doing too much and it should be fine."

Lawson averaged career highs in scoring (17.6 points per game) and assists (8.8) last season, but he played in only 62 games — the second-fewest of his career — as he dealt with numerous injuries. Although his sprained left ankle forced him to miss the last 10 days of the season, it did not appear to be a high-grade sprain.

Yet several weeks after the injury, his ankle was still swollen.