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Nikola Jokic    C  Nuggets



The Nuggets are optimistic that Jokic, who is set to undergo further evaluation Friday, is dealing with no more than a sprain to his left ankle, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. X-rays conducted on Jokic's ankle following his departure Thursday in the second quarter of the Nuggets' victory over the Bulls already came back negative, seemingly taking a longer-term absence off the table. The follow-up scans should provide more information regarding the severity of the sprain, but early indications are that Jokic isn't dealing with anything overly serious. In any case, Jokic's status for Saturday's game against the Lakers remains up in the air, so if he's forced to sit out that contest, it could translate to more minutes for frontcourt role players like Mason Plumlee, Trey Lyles and Juancho Hernangomez.

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Dec 01 - 9:48 AM

Nikola Jokic    F/C  Nuggets



Nikola Jokic (ankle) is going to be re-evaluated on Friday, but there's "cautious optimism" that his injury is no more than a sprain, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of X-rays were negative and coach Mike Malone has also said that he's hopeful Jokic can play on Saturday. Jokic was ruled out fairly quickly and he was seen with a bad limp in the locker room. For now, we'd still consider him doubtful for Saturday against the Lakers. Mason Plumlee, Kenneth Faried, Trey Lyles and Juancho Hernangomez will take on more minutes while the others get more shots.


Dec 01 - 2:16 AM

Nikola Jokic    F/C  Nuggets



Coach Mike Malone said he thinks Nikola Jokic (ankle) the team hopes to get him back for the Lakers game on Saturday. An encouraging quote is nice, but Jokic was really limping just before he got the X-ray to his ankle. He also hasn't been the fastest healer and he did tweak his right ankle earlier this year. For now, consider Jokic closer to doubtful than anything else, and hopefully he doesn't miss too much time. Mason Plumlee, Kenneth Faried, Trey Lyles and the entire rotation should be looking at more responsibility.


Dec 01 - 12:06 AM

Will Barton    G/F  Nuggets



Will Barton carried the Nuggets during a 111-110 win over the Bulls on Thursday, scoring a career-high 37 points with two rebounds, three assists, three steals and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes. He hit a beautiful layup with three seconds left to win the game, and coach Mike Malone will tell you who showed up for this game. "Tonight we saw Thrill Barton," Malone said after the game. The Thrill also came out red hot with 12 points in his first four minutes, so he put up this monster game almost wire to wire. He also started the second half for Nikola Jokic (ankle), but he's just so good in his role off the bench that Malone will likely keep him there if Jokic is out. He'll have an excellent chance at another dynamite game against the Lakers on Saturday. He should be owned in standard leagues.


Dec 01 - 12:02 AM

Gary Harris    G  Nuggets



Gary Harris scored 21 points with three rebounds, three assists, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday. He is really good and it has little to do with him playing off Nikola Jokic (ankle). His efficiency is almost the same with and without him, and Harris also gets a 2.5 usage rate bump when Jokic isn't on the floor with him this season. Harris is going to be a fantasy stud as long as he's active.


Nov 30 - 11:53 PM

Jamal Murray    G  Nuggets



Jamal Murray scored five points on 1-of-9 from the field with four rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 31 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday. Bad game aside, it's still encouraging that coach Mike Malone closed with Murray in this game despite his awful shooting night. If Nikola Jokic (ankle) is out, that should help Murray get shots because he has a 28.3 usage rate in 143 minutes without Jokic this season -- 22.9 with him. He's still been up and down, but there's enough upside to hold him in most leagues.


Nov 30 - 11:50 PM

Juan Hernangomez    F  Nuggets



Juancho Hernangomez scored one point with one rebound and two assists in 23 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday. That's his second straight start, but Will Barton being behind him doesn't really help his case for minutes or shots. Nikola Jokic (ankle) getting hurt should open up some minutes for Hernangomez, especially against faster teams that space the floor. He could play 26-plus minutes against the Lakers on Saturday, but it's still really tough to count on him unless you're in a deep league.


Nov 30 - 11:45 PM

Trey Lyles    F  Nuggets



Trey Lyles scored 10 points with six rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday. He could be looking at more minutes. If the Nuggets do slide Kenneth Faried over to the five for the majority of his minutes because Nikola Jokic (ankle) needs to miss time, that opens up the backup PF minutes for Lyles. He's still only a speculative add in very deep leagues.


Nov 30 - 11:43 PM

Kenneth Faried    F/C  Nuggets



Kenneth Faried started at power forward in the first half and at center in the second half against the Bulls on Thursday, finishing with 14 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 22 minutes. He slid over to the five with Nikola Jokic (ankle) unable to return for the second half. Faried has been used situationally this season, but he could be locked in for minutes as either depth at the four while he would split minutes at the five with Mason Plumlee. He could have some value as a double-double guy if Jokic is out, so he's worth a speculative look in 14-team leagues.


Nov 30 - 11:39 PM

Mason Plumlee    C  Nuggets



Mason Plumlee played 20 minutes off the bench with six points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block against the Bulls on Thursday. He played 13 minutes in the second half, and he's probably looking at an uptick in minutes because Nikola Jokic (ankle) is probably going to miss some time. Plumlee did not start the second half as the Nuggets went small, but before the game coach Mike Malone talked about defending the trey -- Plumlee is also dealing with a core muscle issue. Plumlee will be at the mercy of matchups, but he should see at least 20 minutes most nights. He could be worth a short-term look in deeper leagues.


Nov 30 - 11:34 PM

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