The Denver Nuggets will be holding out hope that the injury that Gary Harris suffered, and forced him to leave Monday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, isn’t a serious injury that will cause him to be sidelined for a long time.
Harris left the court after nine minutes of play in the first quarter of Monday night’s surprise win over Toronto, is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the extent of his injury.
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“The one thing I feel awful about is Gary Harris,” Nuggets coach Mike Malone said following the game, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “Definitely keep Gary in our thoughts.
“He’s frustrated, just getting back from an injury, and to have that [and] not be able to come back in tonight. We’ll see how severe the injury is, and hopefully we can get him back really soon. But Gary’s such a big part of what we’re trying to do. Big loss.”
Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic Discusses Frustration with Referees
Jokic has been met with physicality from defenders, and is trying to match that same physicality, but seems to be drawing the whistle.
Jokic spoke about the contact he receives, as well as his view of how the refs are calling it.
“Sometimes it’s really hard because the ball is in my hands a lot and there is a lot of contact there,” Jokic said, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. “I know I’m not going to get every call, but the obvious ones, at least.”
Jokic has a supported in his teammate, forward Paul Millsap.
“It’s a tough situation,” Millsap said. “On that particular play (that led to Jokic’s ejection), he got hit pretty hard. He’s just got to take a deep breath, I guess, and let it go. That’s about all I’ve got.”
Nuggets’ Paul Millsap Praises Nikola Jokic’s Development
Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic continues to impress with his play and his continuing development, and it has not been lost on the league and his teammates.
Nuggets veteran forward Paul Millsap has seen the improvement in Jokic’s game, notably when the game is winding down to it’s final minutes.
“He’s a completely different player than he was last year especially in the fourth quarter with two minutes to go,” Millsap said of Jokic, according to Christian Clark of BSN Denver.
“He wants the ball. He wants to make the play.”
Jokic is again showing improvement this season, averaging 20.7 points (career high), 10.7 (ties career high) rebounds, and 7.7 assists (career high) per game for Denver.
Nuggets’ Mike Malone Comments on Paul Millsap’s Play
The recent play of Denver Nuggets veteran forward Paul Millsap has certainly caught the attention of head coach Mike Malone.
Millsap, 34, has been putting up some solid point production over the past few games, all wins for the Nuggets.
“Paul found the fountain of youth or something,” Malone said of Millsap, according to Brendan Vogt of SB Nation. “I don’t know if he’s 100 percent but he looks really good out there and he looks comfortable.”
The Nuggets have quietly put together one of the more impressive seasons of the year, and sit among the Western Conference elites.
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