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Paul Millsap has been ruled out of the Denver Nuggets’ game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday because of an injured wrist.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that the x-ray turned out negative.
For now the diagnosis is “sprained left wrist,” said the report. That type of injury may still cost him some games.
Millsap injured his wrist during the second quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers. He went out with five points and four assists. The Nuggets went on to lose, 127-109. Will Barton served as his replacement.
However, there’s no word yet from the Nuggets’ camp on where the all-star forward will return out there in the court. The team will badly miss his scoring as he’s contributing 15.3 points on almost 45% shooting, along with 6.2 rebounds and 3.1 dimes. He’s also blocking 1.3 shots and recording 1.1 steals a game.
In a stacked Western Conference, every game is crucial. The Nuggets are currently tied with the Trailblazers and the Timberwolves with a win-loss record of 10-7. With Millsap out, every player will have to pitch in to carry the scoring load, especially with the heavy schedule in the next few days.
After Monday’s game, the Nuggets will next play the Rockets, a problem team having one of the best offenses in the NBA paced by superstar James Harden. With Millsap out, Kenneth Faried is expected to step up and get most of his minutes.
Millsap signed a three-year $90 million contract with the Nuggets over the summer.
Last month, he returned to the Phillips Arena for the first time, where he spent a lot of time in the Atlanta Hawks uniform. There clearly was no bad blood between the 32-year-old player and his former team, which even played a video tribute in honor of their former player.