Player News - Nuggets

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Kenneth Faried (left shoulder contusion) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

Just when it appeared that Faried was injury-free and the Nuggets were at full strength, a new ailment pops up on the radar. Denver has plenty of depth up front with Danilo Gallinari (knee) expected to return to the lineup on Friday, so the Nuggets may prefer to err on the side of caution and keep Faried sidelined unless he is close to 100 percent.
Mar 24 - 12:21 PM

Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) said he will play Friday vs. the Pacers.

Gallinari, who has missed four straight games, has clearly been inching closer to a return over the last few days. With Gallo back in the mix, the Nuggets will have their full complement of frontcourt players for the first time in quite a while. This will present a welcomed dilemma for coach Mike Malone on Friday. It will be interesting to see how Malone divvies up minutes amongst Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee, Will Barton and Juan Hernangomez.
Mar 24 - 11:11 AM

Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday against the Pacers.

He's missed the last four games, but Gallinari at least had a chance to play on Wednesday. If Gallinari does make it back, coach Mike Malone will have a tough time getting everyone minutes. Wilson Chandler played mostly SF on Wednesday, which allowed Kenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee to hold down the minutes at the four. Gallo's return would also take minutes from Will Barton.
Mar 23 - 4:40 PM

Gary Harris had another strong game during Wednesday's win vs. Cleveland, scoring 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting with three 3-pointers, four assists and three rebounds.

The Nuggets took it to the Cavs tonight, racking up 126 points on 53.1 percent shooting, and Harris got his slice of the cake. In his past four games he's averaging 21.5 points on 56.6 percent shooting, 2.5 triples, 3.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals. Despite being perpetually banged up to start the season, Harris was worth the wait.
Mar 23 - 12:05 AM

Jamal Murray thrived in 20 minutes vs. the Cavs, coming off the bench with 15 points (5-of-11 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three 3-pointers, three assists and zero turnovers.

Starting PG Jameer Nelson had three points and nine dimes in 28 minutes, as the two continue to share the position. Mike Malone likes to play the rookie alongside Will Barton (20 points in 33 minutes), to take pressure off him as a ball-handler, and the tandem displayed terrific chemistry tonight. Murray is trending up and he makes sense as a cheap pickup for 3-pointers, steals and a trickle of other stats.
Mar 23 - 12:04 AM

Kenneth Faried came off the bench on Wednesday for 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting, nine rebounds, two steals and one assist in 19 minutes vs. the Cavaliers.

Faried was on a strict 20-minute limit as the Nuggets try to preserve his troublesome back, which cost him nearly a month before returning last Thursday. He was great tonight, but with his minutes down and the Nikola Jokic/Mason Plumlee frontcourt playing well, there's no reason to expect much from Faried down the stretch.
Mar 23 - 12:03 AM

Juan Hernangomez moved to the bench vs. the Cavaliers, finishing Wednesday's home win with four points, four rebounds, one assist and one block in 12 minutes.

Wilson Chandler (groin) was back in action tonight, which bumped Denver's promising young forward to the second unit. In eight starts this year he's averaging 11.6 points, 1.8 threes, 6.0 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.5 blocks, but his numbers take a big hit coming off the bench. If you're holding him, just remember that his role will be threatened even more once Danilo Gallinari (knee) gets back on the court.
Mar 23 - 12:02 AM

Wilson Chandler (groin) returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday, making 8-of-14 shots to score 18 points with one 3-pointer, five boards, three assists and one steal.

Chandler had missed the past four games, but he sure didn't appear rusty while playing a game-high 41 minutes tonight. He was slumping offensively prior to the injury, and it looks like the extended rest could lead to renewed efficiency over Denver's final 11 games. Make sure he's not floating on your waiver wire.
Mar 23 - 12:01 AM

Juan Hernangomez will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

Wilson Chandler (groin) will be getting the start at the three-spot tonight to matchup with LeBron James, and with Darrell Arthur (knee) also set to return to action, Hernangomez' minutes could take a decent sized hit. He's not the best option tonight with a tough matchup and a return to the second unit.
Mar 22 - 7:44 PM

Wilson Chandler (groin) will play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

He needed almost two weeks to recover from a groin contusion. Chandler has dealt with a lot of groin injuries in his career, so the Nuggets could ease him back into his role. It'll be interesting to see where he fits in with coach Mike Malone liking the Mason Plumlee starting lineup. Chandler is worth owning, but his upside is capped. Kenneth Faried may also lose minutes.
Mar 22 - 7:25 PM

The Nuggets have sent Malik Beasley down for a D-League stint.

He's appeared in just 19 games for the Nuggets this season, so he'll get some much-needed experience in the D-League.
Mar 22 - 6:10 PM

Darrell Arthur (knee) will be active for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs.

It's been quite the turnaround for Arthur. As recently as Monday, coach Mike Malone was addressing questions about Arthur potentially being shut down for the season. Now, he'll suit up on Wednesday night. However, with Wilson Chander (groin) also expected to return, as well as Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee and Juancho Hernangomez in the mix, it will be difficult for Arthur to carve out extended minutes.
Mar 22 - 1:59 PM

Wilson Chandler (groin) was able to participate in shootaround on Wednesday and is expected to play Wednesday night vs. the Cavs.

Chandler had missed four straight games. If Chandler does play, he will eat into the minutes of Juan Hernangomez, Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee and Will Barton. Darrell Arthur (knee) is also expected to return on Wednesday.
Mar 22 - 1:21 PM

Coach Mike Malone said that Danilo Gallinari (knee) will not play Wednesday vs. Cleveland.

This will be the fourth straight game Gallo has missed. Fortunately for the Nuggets, both Wilson Chandler (groin) and Darrell Arthur (knee) are expected to return on Wednesday night. It is unknown if Juancho Hernangomez will draw another start in place of Gallinari.
Mar 22 - 1:18 PM

Darrell Arthur (knee) may be available to play on Wednesday vs. the Cavs if "all goes well at shootaround."

This is surprising news, as earlier this week Coach Michael Malone admitted there was an outside possibility that Arthur would have to be shut down for the season. Apparently, he has made great strides in just two days. However, with Mason Plumlee playing well and Kenneth Faried healthy, there are limited minutes available for Arthur even if he is active. He can be left on waivers in most leagues.
Mar 22 - 12:00 PM


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