JaVale McGee was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left tibia on Sunday and is out indefinitely.
Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said he was disappointed with his team's "energy level" on Friday, and suggested that he'll bench players who don't play with maximum effort.
JaVale McGee hit rock bottom in Friday's loss to the Suns, playing just 12 minutes on his way to two points, three rebounds and one assist.
JaVale McGee played 24 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday, shooting 7-of-13 from the field for 14 points with three rebounds, one steal and two blocks.
JaVale McGee has yet to blow up this season and hit 4-of-11 shots for nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes on Tuesday.
JaVale McGee played just 13 minutes against the Blazers on Friday, scoring six points with three boards, one assist and one block on 3-of-6 shooting.
JaVale McGee played just 10 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday and had only four points, one board and two blocks.
JaVale McGee had an uncharacteristic line on Friday with 15 points, eight boards, two assists and no blocks on 6-of-14 shooting in 25 minutes.
JaVale McGee made 8-of-8 free throws in the Nuggets' first two preseason games.
JaVale McGee said he still has low lung capacity from asthma.
JaVale McGee shot 6-of-13 from the field in Tuesday's loss to the Lakers, finishing with 14 points, seven boards and three blocks in 28 minutes.
Coach Brian Shaw said he wants to get the ball inside to JaVale McGee.
JaVale McGee will start at center for the Nuggets this season and looks like a big piece of the puzzle in Denver, and also says he plans to shoot it from the outside this season under new coach Brian Shaw.
Nuggets play-by-play man Chris Marlowe suggests that JaVale McGee could average 35 minutes per game as the starting center this season.