Player News - Nuggets

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Jamal Murray played 23.5 minutes off the bench and hit 8-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for 22 points, three rebounds and two assists in Monday's 106-98 win over the Sixers.

After scoring 18, 24, 23 and 20 points in four straight games in November, he had scored a grand total of just 20 points over his previous four games, hitting 7-of-29 shots over that stretch. He was great tonight, but we'll need to see him do it again before declaring him a hot pickup. But if you need a warm body in a deep league and he was dropped, he might be worth a flier after this one.
Dec 5 - 10:19 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay hit just 1-of-6 shots for four points, zero assists and three turnovers in Monday's win over the Sixers.

Jammer Nelson had seven points, five boards, four assists and five steals in 30 minutes, and Jamal Murray caught fire for 22 points and three 3-pointers tonight. Mudiay is still the starter, while Nelson's arrow is pointing down and Murray is highly unpredictable. This was his third game of the season without an assist and one of his lowest scoring games of the year. He should bounce back, but is far from an elite point guard option.
Dec 5 - 10:16 PM

Will Barton filled the stat sheet with 22 points, eight boards, three assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 36 minutes on Monday.

He hit 9-of-17 shots and is rolling right now, scoring 22, 20 and 17 points in each of his last three games. Make sure he's not available in your league now that he's healthy.
Dec 5 - 10:14 PM

Jusuf Nurkic came through with eight points, 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 24 minutes of Monday's 106-98 win over the Sixers.

Nurkic has played pretty well in two of his last three games and is still the starting center for the Nuggets. He's been highly disappointing this season and may have been cut in your league. He might be in the process of turning it around, so taking a flier on him if you need a center makes a lot of sense right now.
Dec 5 - 10:12 PM

Kenneth Faried played just 13 minutes and missed his only shot for two points, two rebounds and a block on Monday.

Faried had scored at least 10 points in five straight games, but never got it going tonight. He was outplayed by Darrell Arthur, who got 23 minutes and finished with seven points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block. Faried is probably still the guy to own here, but if his minutes are down again in the next one, it might be time to think again. Especially with Nikola Jokic on his way back from a wrist injury.
Dec 5 - 10:09 PM

Danilo Gallinari hit 5-of-12 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-12 free throws for a season-high 24 points, four boards, three assists, two steals and a block in 38 minutes on Monday.

This was probably Gallo's best game of the season and he could be ready to get hot. Just hope that he can also stay healthy if you own him.
Dec 5 - 10:06 PM

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he thinks that Gary Harris is "ahead of schedule."

"I don’t want to say anything that would be off-base. I don’t know if he’s going to be able to play at the end of this road trip," Malone said. "Maybe when we get back. I know that our medical staff has been very pleased about how he’s progressed with his rehab and his on-court work." The Nuggets are going to ramp up his workload this week, so he's a nice stash for owners in need of triples and steals. Will Barton should be a strong play in fantasy for the next couple weeks until Harris is able to return.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 4 - 10:43 AM

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said the team is being cautious with Nikola Jokic (wrist).

"Talking to Nikola, he wants to play right when he can catch the ball," Malone said. "I think we’ll probably be a little more cautious than that on this road trip, maybe get it looked at again just to kind of see where it’s at once the swelling goes down." He's been ruled out for the next three games, meaning the earliest we could see him back on the court is Saturday against Orlando. Jokic looked great right before the injury and should obviously be stashed everywhere.
Source: Denver Post
Dec 4 - 10:15 AM

Kenneth Faried had 10 points, six rebounds and a block in 29 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

He stands to get a couple more starts with Jokic's wrist injury likely to keep him out for at least two more games, and is averaging 12.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. He's been a little boring, but he has seventh-round value on the season.
Dec 4 - 12:24 AM

Jamal Murray missed all four of his shots and failed to score a point in Saturday's loss to the Jazz.

Murray's a mess right now, hitting just 1-of-11 shots in his last two games, and 12-of-45 shots over his last five. After going on a hot streak and scoring between 18 and 24 points in four straight games near Thanksgiving, he hasn't scored more than nine points in any of his last four games. And with Will Barton back and rolling after an ankle injury, the arrow is pointing down on Murray. If you picked him up when he was hot, it's probably time to move on.
Dec 4 - 12:21 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay played just 22 minutes on Saturday, finishing with 12 points, three rebounds, zero assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

Coach Mike Malone is freaking out about his team's defense and the Nuggets have lost five of their last six games. It's possible that Malone benched EM due to defense, but he's still clearly the team's starting point guard. He's not injured and owners just have to hope that he'll be back up to his normal 30 minutes in his next game. Saturday marked the second time this season he didn't have an assist, but he's still averaging 12.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 3-pointers on 37 percent shooting over his last five games.
Dec 4 - 12:18 AM

Jameer Nelson played 26 minutes and hit 5-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, four rebounds, seven assists and a block on Saturday.

Nelson was rolling before Friday's five-point game in 19 minutes, but bounced back on Saturday. He's averaging 15.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 2.8 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five games, but with Will Barton back and balling at a high level, and Emmanuel Mudiay playing 30 minutes a night, it will be tough for Nelson to keep up this pace. Mudiay played just 22 minutes tonight, which is why Nelson was back in the picture. But Mudiay is healthy, so it would likely take an injury to him or Barton to keep Nelson relevant.
Dec 4 - 12:13 AM

Will Barton played through is sore ankle again on Saturday and hit 8-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 34 minutes.

He had 17 points, seven boards and five assists on Friday and the fact he made it though back-to-back games should mean the ankle injury is behind him. And with Gary Harris (foot) still out and Jamal Murray as cold as ice, Barton should keep rolling until further notice.
Dec 4 - 12:09 AM

Jusuf Nurkic started again on Saturday, but hit 4-of-6 shots for eight points, four rebounds and zero blocks in just 13 minutes of a 105-98 loss to the Jazz.

It's hard to believe how bad Nurkic has been this season, but the fact he's averaging just 17.6 minutes over his last five games has a lot to do with why he's averaging just 7.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks over that stretch. If the Nuggets aren't going to cut him loose and let him play, fantasy owners are going to be forced to cut him loose. And Nurkic didn't benefit one iota with Nikola Jokic out with a wrist injury again, and Jokic is expected to miss at least a couple more games. Sadly, it may be time to finally move on, since the Nuggets show no intentions of giving him the 25 minutes he needs to succeed, although there is still a sliver of hope that he finally gets it going as long as Jokic is missing games.
Dec 4 - 12:04 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic will start against the Jazz on Saturday.

Coach Mike Malone was not happy about Friday's beatdown, but he'll roll with the same starters. If the Jazz hit a bunch of threes, there could be a lot of benching going on. Gallinari has played a ton of minutes and looked healthy in his last two.
Dec 3 - 8:54 PM


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