Michael Malone Rumors
The already-depleted Denver Nuggets will be without starting guard Will Barton for “the foreseeable future,” according to head coach Michael Malone. Barton suffered a right hamstring strain early in Friday night’s 118-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco. The veteran guard pulled up awkwardly after driving to the basket, grimacing as he passed the ball to a teammate. He hobbled his way over near the Nuggets’ bench and went down on the baseline, grabbing at his leg. He exited the court and was ruled out of the game shortly thereafter.
The Nuggets lost Will Barton to a hamstring strain less than a minute into Friday night’s contest. Four quarters later, they fell 118-97 to the Warriors, snapping their winning streak at four. Barton was the third Nuggets guard to go down in the last six games following Jamal Murray’s ACL tear and Monte Morris’ hamstring strain. Barton didn’t return, and concern only grew when Nuggets coach Michael Malone told ESPN Barton said he felt a “pop” in his hamstring. Barton was scheduled for an MRI in the morning, according to a league source. But after the game, Malone was fuming at his team’s lack of defensive effort.