Player News - Nuggets

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Nikola Jokic scored 25 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes during a 108-100 win at Washington on Friday.

The Nuggets had to have this game and they came through. Their schedule is the hardest in the NBA and they really won't be seeing any tanking teams, and they'll have to hope some of their East opponents rest guys against them. Jokic is almost certainly not going to rest at all at least until the last week of the season.
Mar 23 - 10:21 PM

Jamal Murray scored 25 points with six rebounds, three assists, one block, two steals and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

He scored 20 in the first half and was taking a lot of shots early in the third, but halftime cooled him off. Murray made a big impact in the first half on the glass with three offensive boards, but of course it's about the offense with his 21.2 points per game over his last five. He should get a bump until Gary Harris (knee) is back, which should be this week.
Mar 23 - 10:12 PM

Will Barton scored 23 points with seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks, one steal and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

The blocks were one off his career high with two of them coming within seconds of each other in the first half. All of Barton's makes came from either the line (8-of-8) or from deep. As expected, his minutes are surging with Gary Harris (knee) out -- not counting garbage time. Harris could still miss more time, but you're going to lean on The Thrill regardless.
Mar 23 - 10:05 PM

Paul Millsap (illness) scored two points with one rebound, five assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

It was fairly obvious he wasn't 100 percent healthy with his hands on his hips at times during this game. Millsap is going to get two full days off before the game on Monday, so he should be over this bug he has now.
Mar 23 - 10:01 PM

Torrey Craig scored 11 points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

Paul Millsap was limited tonight, so that explains the minutes for Craig. He scored nine in the first half and continues to play defense. He likely won't hit 15 minutes next time because the Nuggets are off until Monday.
Mar 23 - 9:57 PM

Paul Millsap (illness) is in the starting lineup against the Wizards on Friday.

He was a game-time call and he'll be out there against Markieff Morris. The Nuggets need every win they can get and there will be some added pressure on Millsap on both ends, especially with Gary Harris (knee) out. He's obviously a player you need in your season-long league, but there's some risk to play a guy at less than 100 percent.
Mar 23 - 6:25 PM

Paul Millsap (illness) will play on Friday vs. the Wizards.

Coach Mike Malone said he was hopeful that Millsap would play about 15 minutes before this announcement, so even though he wasn't a true game-time call, it sounds like the Nuggets will be watching him closely. He's risky in DFS, but season-long owners should obviously roll the dice on him and he's coming off a monster game.
Mar 23 - 5:53 PM

Coach Mike Malone said he hopes Paul Millsap (illness) can play on Friday against the Wizards.

He's basically a game-time decision, and this is basically a non-update. This is the first game of the day, so we should find out Millsap's status before lock. If he can't go, the Nuggets may opt to go small with Wilson Chandler at the four, but Trey Lyles and Mason Plumlee would likely benefit most.
Mar 23 - 5:38 PM

Paul Millsap (illness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Wizards

If Millsap is unable to play Friday night, Trey Lyles and Mason Plumlee would be the biggest beneficiaries. Darrell Arthur would likely soak up a few additional minutes as well, and it's possible that Kenneth Faried would re-enter the rotation. We can expect an update on Millsap's status later this afternoon.
Mar 23 - 10:59 AM

Gary Harris (knee) remains out for Friday against the Wizards.

No surprise here and coach Mike Malone said that Harris still isn't able to run much. "As important as these games are, we’re not gonna risk Gary Harris going out there and hurting himself further," Malone said. "We care about Gary Harris too much, and we know how important he is to our future." The "best-case scenario" is he's back on Monday, but he will need to make some big-time progress to hit that target date. Will Barton should continue to start while Devin Harris has slightly benefitted.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 22 - 2:56 PM

Will Barton said he's hoping to re-sign with the Nuggets this summer as a free agent.

"My ultimate goal is to return to Denver," he said. "You know me, I’m a real loyal guy. I’m real big on that. They gave me a chance to really showcase what I could do. So, I would love to finish what I started here." Barton is set to see a considerable raise after being on the books for just $3.53 million in 2017-18, as he's having his best year yet with career-highs in points (15.0), assists (4.1), blocks (0.6) and triples (1.8). He's the sixth man in Denver, so a move to a new city may not hurt his value if he can find a starting gig.
Mar 22 - 9:36 AM

Nikola Jokic made 9-of-11 from the field for 21 points with seven rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in just 24 minutes during an easy 135-102 win over the Bulls on Wednesday.

The Nuggets had this in the bag at half with a season-high 77 points. It was Serbian Night at United Center with 527 tickets being sold to Serbian fans this evening, so they were pumped with the hot start. Jokic made his first seven shots from the field in a game the Nuggets absolutely had to have. Denver's schedule gets extremely difficult after this win with all of their games against teams over .500, including a four-game run at Washington, at Philly, at Toronto and at OKC that starts on Friday.
Mar 21 - 11:17 PM

Devin Harris scored 14 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Bulls on Wednesday.

This wasn't about the garbage time with 11 points in the first half. Harris has been decent over his last four, averaging 12.3 points, 2.0 boards, 4.5 assists, 0.5 steals and 1.8 treys. That may be a bit high for him going forward, but don't be surprised to see him flirt with that until Gary Harris (knee) gets back.
Mar 21 - 11:10 PM

Paul Millsap made 8-of-9 from the field for 22 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one block, five steals and one 3-pointer in just 27 minutes against the Bulls on Wednesday.

He did most of his damage in the first half with four steals and 12 points. Millsap continues to shoot the ball much better in wins this year, but he's made just 38.8 percent from the field in losses compared to 51.4 percent in wins. He should be good for a little bit of everything as the Nuggets battle for the postseason.
Mar 21 - 11:05 PM

Will Barton scored 16 points with three rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Bulls on Wednesday.

He didn't miss a shot in the first half, making all six for 14 points before recess. Before the game, Barton did talk about wanting to stay with the Nuggets. "My ultimate goal is to return to Denver," Barton said. "You know me, I’m a real loyal guy." He'll finally get to choose where he wants to go as an unrestricted free agent, so that'll be something to watch this summer. Until then, he should be starting in all fantasy leagues, especially with Gary Harris (knee) out.
Mar 21 - 10:57 PM

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