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Nugget can't run but can still shoot

DENVER -- Denver Nuggets shooting guard Voshon Lenard will
defend his 3-point shootout title at this year's NBA All-Star
Weekend despite an Achilles tendon injury that hasn't fully healed
and has kept him on the bench all season.

Lenard was injured in the season opener against the Lakers.
Although his recovery has been ahead of schedule, he's still expected
to miss the remainder of the season.

"I'd rather play in games than do this," Lenard said. "But
this is the only thing I'm capable of doing right now, so I want to
take advantage of that."

While he still moves slowly, Lenard hasn't seemed to lose his
shooting touch.

Moving gingerly in practice the past few days, Lenard has been
right on target in preparation for the 3-point contest. He has
eclipsed 20 points several times, with a high of 23, and swished
several jumpers from near halfcourt.

A career 38 percent 3-point shooter, Lenard scored 18 points in
last year's final to end Peja Stojakovic's three-year run.

Lenard will face Seattle's Ray Allen and Vladimir Radmanovic,
Phoenix's Joe Johnson and Quentin Richardson, and Kyle Korver of
Philadelphia in the 3-point shootout on Feb. 19 in Denver.