Bickerstaff hopes Lawson can be spark plug upon return Wednesday

BY Jeff Caplan • January 12, 2016

Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson will serve the third and final game of his suspension Tuesday night and is expected to be back in the rotation for Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Suspended three games without pay for a DUI in Los Angeles last July, Lawson could give the Rockets a boost, coach J.B Bickerstaff hopes, when the suddenly streaking Rockets play the Timberwolves on the second night of a back-to-back. The Rockets seek a fourth consecutive victory tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

"It may be an advantage for us,” Bickerstaff said via the Houston Chronicle. “He’s rested. Both teams are coming in on a back-to-back. You may have a sparkplug there."

The Rockets won both games without Lawson. Jason Terry and Marcus Thornton absorbed Lawson's minutes. Lawson will return 100 percent healthy, Bickerstaff said, following a sprained ankle on Jan. 2 prior to his suspension.

Lawson got off to a slow start this season upon joining the Rockets after spending the first six seasons of his career with the Denver Nuggets. He's averaging a career-low 6.4 points, with 4.3 assists in 24.8 minutes a game.

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