DALLAS — When Paul Millsap returned last week from a wrist injury that sidelined him for 44 games, Trey Lyles knew his minutes were going to get slashed. Lyles was playing the best basketball of his career in Millsap’s absence, averaging 13.0 points in 24.6 minutes per game. But the 22-year-old was wise enough to understand that as good as he played, minutes would be hard to come by when Denver welcomed back its four-time All-Star and highest-paid player.

“It’s definitely frustrating, but playing behind an All-Star power forward you’ve got to take what you can get,” Lyles said.

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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.