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Harrison Wind: Nuggets listing Gary Harris (right shoulder soreness) as questionable for Friday vs NOLA. Denver and head coach Michael Malone expect Harris to play.
Denver Nuggets starting shooting guard Gary Harris said following Wednesday’s practice that he wants to play Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans, after missing the past two games with right shoulder soreness. “It’s just getting back playing with contact and getting comfortable with everything,” Harris said.
Chris Dempsey: Gary Harris (shoulder) is OUT of tonight’s game vs. Portland
Gina Mizell: Gary Harris (shoulder) is out tonight against Orlando. Will Barton will start in his place. #Nuggets
Harrison Wind: Juancho Hernangomez (mono) has been upgraded to questionable for tonight’s game vs Magic. Gary Harris (right shoulder soreness) is also questionable.
TJ McBride: Nuggets updated injury report:
Nuggets guard Gary Harris was in a walking boot Friday, in these early days of a right foot injury that he suffered last Saturday against Detroit. And he’ll be out for a while, as some details get clearer about his expected time away from the team. Harris’ timeline is at least four weeks out, not up to four weeks, according to league sources. And he won’t need surgery, so it’s a situation where he’ll receive daily treatment in order to get well.
Chris Dempsey: Gary Harris (foot) could be out up to 4 weeks, #Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. Big big blow.
The issue is getting both players through a full practice with no setbacks. To this point, both Harris and Arthur have gone through most of a couple of recent practices but not all of them. Until they do, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he’ll be hesitant at best about putting them in the game. Malone on Harris: “It’s good to see him on the court (Friday). And as is always the case, how does he feel the next day. He’s just not there yet. So he’s still out.”
“I wanted to play today, I wanted to,” he said. “So we’ll just see. I want to get back out there as soon as possible, especially after practicing Tuesday. I felt pretty good. We’ll see how it goes. I trust (the training staff), they’re going to make sure I’m right. I want to come back, be 100 percent and be good to go.” Meanwhile, Arthur has experienced a couple of small setbacks in his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery. He experienced some swelling in the knee after Monday’s practice and had a treatment day on Tuesday. “I think I’m day-by-day right now,” Arthur said.
Optimistic estimates on his return by Nuggets coach Michael Malone put Harris’ return right around the start of the regular season on Oct. 26. Harris wouldn’t rule it out, but wasn’t confirming that as a target date, either. “I’m just going day by day, just trying to get better each day,” Harris said. “That’s two weeks down the road: We’ll see. I’m just trying to get better each day.”
Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Gary Harris’ right groin strain may keep him out “a couple of weeks” but is expecting to have the shooting guard for the season opener. Harris met with team doctors on Wednesday to nail down the best course of action for recovery.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with a partially torn groin muscle, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Harrison Wind: From Nuggets practice: Malone does not anticipate Gary Harris back for a “at least a couple of weeks.” MRI confirmed a right groin strain.
Chris Dempsey: Gary Harris had an MRI on his injured groin today. The #Nuggets are awaiting the results
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December 17, 2017 | 6:22 pm EST Update
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler’s sore back kept him out of most of practice Sunday and could keep him out of Monday’s game against Portland at Target Center. “He didn’t do much today,’’ Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said after Sunday’s short practice. “Just getting treatment. We’ll see how he is [Monday].” The Timberwolves officially listed Butler as questionable with back spasms.
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors improve to 11-1 at home (NBA best) and 6-1 during this stretch of 8 straight games vs teams with losing records. They close it out in Charlotte on Wednesday before their home-and-home with Philly.
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