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It’s Looking Like Injuries Will Play a Key Role in Warriors-Nuggets Series

Both the Warriors and Nuggets feature noted depth. It may come down to who has the best pinch-hitters because some key players are affected by injuries.

The Warriors, already without Brandon Rush, were hoping to be full strength by the postseason. But they have a few lingering issues that could test their bench.

The Nuggets have caught the injury bug of late at key positions at key positions.

Here’s a look at the hobbled and their status for Game 1.

DENVER

Kenneth Faried — Left Ankle Sprain

Status: Questionable for Game 1

On April 15, Faried suffered a sprain of the anterior talofibular ligament in his left ankle. It was bad enough he needed to be carried off.

“When it first happened, I thought something broke,” Faried told the Denver Post. “I couldn’t put any pressure on it, it was hurting. But when the X-rays came back negative, I was happy.”

Faried missed the last two games of the regular season and has been listed as day-to-day. He told the Post he can walk without a boot and walk barefoot. He still hasn’t done any basketball activity.

“If I can walk, I can play,” he said. “We’ll just see how good the tape job is.”

It seems Nuggets coach George Karl has a different standard.

“He was on the court today, didn’t do anything except watch the stuff we went through,” Karl said told the Post after Thursday’s practice. “I would say he’s ahead of schedule, but until he runs and jumps and shoots, I don’t have a feel.”

 

Danilo Gallinari — Left ACL tear

Status: Out for the playoffs

On April 4 against Dallas, the Nuggets lost Gallinari for the year. He planted his left leg while going for a layup and his knee buckled. Without the 24-year-old, Denver is missing 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists. They also miss the power forward who can shoot from deep and stretch the floor, something the Warriors had a hard time defending.

Forward Wilson Chandler has been starting his place. In the eight games since, he is averaging 18.9 points on 52.5 percent shooting with 5.6 rebounds. He’s shooting 46.2 percent from 3-point range.

 

GOLDEN STATE

Andrew Bogut — Bone Bruise, Left Ankle

Status: Expected to play

On April 9, at some point, Bogut tweaked his left ankle. He started the next night and tweaked it again. He sat out the entire second half and missed the next two games. MRI showed a bone bruise. He returned to action in Wednesday’s regular season-finale against Portland.

Bogut said his ankle is the best it’s going to get, but the two days off between Games 1 and 2 will help.

 

Draymond Green — Right Knee Tendinitis

Status: Questionable for Game 1

The rookie forward said he would be ready for the playoffs. Green hasn’t played since April 11 vs. Oklahoma City, so he will have more than a full week of rest. He said the rest has helped.

Andris Biedrins — Lower Back Tightness

Status: Questionable for Game 1

He hasn’t played since the Lakers game, sitting out against San Antonio and Portland. It is not known how he sustained the injury. But Biedrins has played 10 minutes in a game just once in the last six games.

Posted by on April 18, 2013.

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  • Incredible

    Thanks for the info.

  • Nigel Tufnel

    Faried being out would be huge. Even though Bogut can really help the Warriors, if this were a chess game, I’d probably be willing to sacrifice my knight (Bogut) for their rook (Faried).

  • gizzm

    who starts in place of Faried?

  • deano

    With Faried and Gallinari out, and Green and Bogut in, GSW is as deep as Denver in players averaging over ten miutes a game. Yet despite the statistical parity, I wonder if MJack has as much confidence as Karl in rotation players 8-10.

    I also wonder if Denver’s altitude advantage will be as great in Game 2 as in Game 1. From my backpacking experience, going from sea level to 10,000′, the answer is “No”. I think we have a good chance to win a game in Denver.

  • nickj

    Let’s just say this” hopefully coach Jackson will realize the players who helped get us here are the ones we shjould be playing”. With that those players would be starting 5 w/bogut then Jack,Festus,Green,Bazemore and even the experience of Jefferson.We can do this.

  • itsagreattimeout

    If Draymond Green takes another jumper, I want Mark jackson fired. There is no excuse for allowing Green to ruin our offense.

  • Gunner

    Draymond is going to make a game winner in one of these games =)

  • supernashwan

    thoughts on comments:

    - Faried will probably play this series and be a factor, I hope he doesn’t for GSW sake, because he is a great match up on D.Lee.
    - Bogut would be great to get back, but he’ll be inconsistent, here is hoping he can hold up through the playoffs because they’ll really need him if GSW make round two.
    - D.Green can hit that jump shot from the top of the key and the 45, I just hope he doesn’t take any 3′s! I doubt he’ll get much time anyway.

    I hope Bazemore gets some time in the playoff and lights it up!

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