Player News - Nuggets

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Danilo Gallinari (shoulder) played in the Nuggets' 107-91 win over the Jazz on Friday, scoring 13 points on 4-of-14 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 28 minutes.

Gallinari reported that his right triceps muscles were sore after the game, which sounds like it could be the shoulder injury that was previously reported. The overall production here doesn't draw any huge red flags, but the simple fact that he is hurting at all on a team that hasn't been shy about tanking is a red flag of its own. The Nuggets' schedule isn't great going forward, so be ready to make a tough decision to sit him if news worsens.
Mar 28 - 3:04 AM

Kenneth Faried managed just five points, four rebounds and one assist over 17 minutes in Friday's win over the Jazz.

The Nuggets looked as lethargic as they've looked for the last week and the only reason they beat the Jazz is because the Jazz looked worse. Faried seems to be a bellwether of how this team will perform, and over his last three games he has averaged just 8.3 points, 5.7 boards, 0.7 steals and 34.8 percent shooting from the field. The Nuggets finish out the fantasy playoffs with a pair of three-game weeks, so he needs to have a big game the next time out to give owners confidence next week.
Mar 28 - 2:59 AM

Jusuf Nurkic was grounded on Friday against the Jazz, logging 11 minutes with just three points and three rebounds to show for it.

Nurkic looks like he came back from his ankle injury too soon and it appears to have derailed a promising last third of the season. With an unfavorable schedule, the only folks that should be sniffing a stash are those in desperate need of a big man.
Mar 28 - 2:56 AM

Jameer Nelson's heater continued on Friday as he hit 7-of-10 shots (including four threes) for 18 points, one rebound and three assists in just 22 minutes on Friday.

Nelson has shot a ridiculous 52.1 percent over the last 15 games and that has made him a late-round value over that span, but when he plays lately he's even better than that because he's averaging 2.8 treys per game over the last six contests. Rest and shooting regressions threaten his value nightly, but especially if you need point guard stats and threes he's well worth a look.
Mar 28 - 2:54 AM

Will Barton double-doubled off the bench on Friday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including two threes) with 10 rebounds and two assists in just 20 minutes.

Barton continues to hang onto late-round value in his low-minute role and it's enough to keep throwing kindling on the fire. If he can see some key guys ahead of him call it an early season, there is potential for him to post some really active lines. On the other hand, the Nuggets finish the fantasy playoffs with a pair of three-game weeks so that is working against him.
Mar 28 - 2:51 AM

Darrell Arthur (calf) will not play against the Jazz on Friday.

It'll be his second consecutive game out with a nagging calf injury. This is his third different flare up with this injury and he's likely going to be out for a few more. Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler should get his minutes.
Mar 27 - 8:04 PM

Danilo Gallinari (shoulder) will play against the Jazz on Friday.

He didn't play in the fourth quarter on Wednesday and should be ready to go tonight. Gallinari has played well lately, including a career-high 40 points on Sunday. Start him in standard leagues.
Mar 27 - 7:29 PM

Wilson Chandler double-doubled against the 76ers on Wednesday during a 99-85 loss, scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and four 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

He played plenty of minutes at power forward and bounced back nicely from a seven-point, seven-board dud on Sunday. Chandler won't be this good, but he's worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 26 - 2:35 AM

Will Barton did not play in the fourth quarter against the 76ers on Wednesday, finishing with six points, five rebounds, one block and one turnover in 22 minutes.

He wasn't the worst player on the team tonight and coach Melvin Hunt likely just went with some other guys down the stretch. It didn't work with the 76ers winning the fourth quarter 27-9, so at least Barton has that going for him. He should get some extra minutes with the Nuggets having a back-to-back set this weekend.
Mar 26 - 2:32 AM

Randy Foye played 34 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

If Randy Foye gets 34 minutes in the second half of the season, he's usually more like Randy Moss because he's straight cash, homey. Before missing Sunday due to an illness, he played at least 30 minutes in his previous three games. He's worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 26 - 2:26 AM

Jusuf Nurkic played just seven minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday with two points, three rebounds, one assist and one block.

He did not play in the fourth quarter and there's been no word on why -- Brian Shaw didn't magically appear on the sidelines, though. Nurkic was getting some big minutes before with 27.5 per game over his last two, so we're still against cutting him after a dud like this one. He should be owned in all leagues for his high ceiling.
Mar 26 - 2:22 AM

Danilo Gallinari is dealing with a shoulder injury and did not play in the fourth quarter against the 76ers on Wednesday, finishing with eight points, five boards, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

He was on track for big minutes tonight and the good news is that this isn't a knee issue. Gallinari said he expects to be fine, so he should be ready for Friday's game against the Jazz at home. He's worth owning in standard leagues, but he's absolutely a candidate to be rested on Saturday in Portland.
Mar 26 - 12:17 AM

Darrell Arthur (calf) will not play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

He can't shake this calf injury and could miss more time for the Nuggets. He can be dropped in most leagues. Expect Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson to get his minutes.
Mar 25 - 8:08 PM

Will Barton is hoping to stick around with the Nuggets beyond this season.

"No doubt," Barton said. "I think we can build something here. We have a lot of good talent, a good organization, coaching staff is good. I can see us building and having a strong future here. We can grow together." The Nuggets can extend Barton a qualifying offer in the summer that estimates to be around $1.1 million, and if he accepts it would make him a restricted free agent. Barton has played well in Denver and is averaging 10.2 points, 4.6 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 3-pointer in just over 26 minutes per game over his last five, making him a viable asset in deeper leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 25 - 10:23 AM

Head coach Melvin Hunt has been impressed by the recent play of Danilo Gallinari, and he is hopeful that he will continue to make improvements to his game.

"He could become better, he could become a smarter player," Hunt said. "Athleticism can be honed. I’m just thankful for him to have time. He may not be the same, but a lot of the great players, when they come back from injury, they add something, they’ll subtract something, they’ll emphasize something. He’s no different. He knows what his weapon is, his ability to shoot the ball. But he’s putting together a nice little package of drives, finding other guys — and he’s an underrated passer. Gallo is going to figure out ways to reinvent himself. I’m not worried about Gallo at all." Gallinari dropped a career-high 40 points vs. the Magic on Sunday, and no words can describe how good it is to see him produce at this level again after several setback with his knee.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 25 - 9:54 AM


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