Nugget can't run but can still shoot

Updated: February 17, 2005, 8:23 PM ET
Associated Press

Voshon Lenard

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.

3-Point Shootout Winners
2005 Q. Richardson, Suns
2004 V. Lenard, Nuggets
2003 P. Stojakovic, Kings
2002 P. Stojakovic, Kings
2001 Ray Allen, Bucks
2000 Jeff Hornacek, Jazz
1999 Canceled, lockout
1998 Jeff Hornacek, Jazz
1997 Steve Kerr, Bulls
1996 Tim Legler, Bullets
1995 Glen Rice, Heat
1994 Mark Price, Cavs
1993 Mark Price, Cavs
1992 Craig Hodges, Bulls
1991 Craig Hodges, Bulls
1990 Craig Hodges, Bulls
1989 Dale Ellis, Sonics
1988 Larry Bird, Celtics
1987 Larry Bird, Celtics
1986 Larry Bird, Celtics

"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.

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