It's easy to focus on what Wilson Chandler's impact on defense might be for the Nuggets.

After all, the 6-foot-8 forward, who returned Sunday against Golden State, has always been a defensive favorite of coach George Karl.

But the Nuggets' bench needs him just as much on the offensive end.

Chandler is back from a hip injury that sidelined him for the bulk of the season. He played in four of the Nuggets' first eight games before being put on the shelf to fully rehab and heal. Now, Chandler is not on any playing time restriction, Karl said.

Getting him up to speed quickly is another matter.

"It's hard. Six months of not playing basketball is a long time," Karl said. "I hope it's a couple of weeks. But it might take longer, might take less. But I'm glad he's back. I think he's played well enough in practice to ... I know he's playing better than the first time, when we were going every other day and the training camp stuff. He didn't have that bounce he has now. I think he has more confidence and I think his body is in a better place."

Chandler will help a Denver bench whose numbers are down in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals from last season. And he will do so playing his first significant pain-free minutes since the 2010-11 season.

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