Player News - Nuggets

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Nikola Jokic turned in one of the best stat lines of the year during a 134-123 win over the Bucks on Thursday, making 11-of-14 from the field for 30 points with 15 boards, 17 assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He recorded the quickest triple-double based on his playing time at just 14:33 played to break Jim Tucker's record of 17 minutes back in 1955. Jokic also hit the triple-double mark with 1:54 left in the second quarter to make it the quickest in the last 20 years based on game-clock time. The Joker also joins James Harden and Larry Bird as the only players with at least 30 points, 15 boards and 15 dimes in a game over the last 35 years. He's also loved playing the Bucks with a triple-double in each of his last three games against them. It's almost hard to believe how much skill this 22-year-old Serbian has.
Feb 15 - 10:47 PM

Jamal Murray made 9-of-12 from the field for 26 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

He caught fire in the third quarter to help give the Nuggets a huge cushion in the third. On the downside, Murray actually missed multiple free throws for the first time this season, which is very impressive for a guy with over 160 attempts on the season. He'll be taking his silky smooth jumper to Los Angeles to defend his Rising Stars MVP. The Blue Arrow is having a breakout year in reality and fantasy.
Feb 15 - 10:45 PM

Trey Lyles scored 12 points with one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 17 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

His playing time has faded a little lately with Wilson Chandler starting to come around. Lyles will also lose minutes next month when Paul Millsap (wrist) can return, but he doesn't have a hard target date. He's been hanging around top-100 value lately even with minutes in the low 20s, so he's still an OK hold.
Feb 15 - 10:43 PM

Gary Harris (foot) looked 100 percent against the Bucks on Thursday, scoring 28 points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

He was called probable today and apparently likes to be on the injury report. He hit his signature game-winning jumper against OKC with a minor ankle issue, he dropped 23 against the Knicks in January with a minor injury, and he had 25 against Dallas when he had a personal issue put him on the report last month, too. Harris still doesn't get the credit he deserves in the mainstream hoops world, but hardcore fans and fantasy owners know how special he is.
Feb 15 - 10:42 PM

Wilson Chandler scored 11 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

The minutes are surging for Chandler now with 37.0 per game over his previous two, which came after just 22.0 in the two games prior to those. He's arguably the No. 6 scoring option on this team, but that kind of volume for playing time should allow him to add non-scoring stats. He'll cool off next month when Paul Millsap (wrist) returns, but he's worth owning in standard leagues while he's hot and healthy.
Feb 15 - 10:40 PM

Torrey Craig (hamstring) is dealing with an injury and is not with the team.

He aggravated the injury against the Rockets and he was not with the team. Craig's injury isn't considered serious and he should be back after the break. The Nuggets still have to guarantee his contract.
Feb 15 - 8:46 PM

Gary Harris and Jamal Murray will start against the Bucks on Thursday.

They'll join Wilson Chandler, Will Barton and Nikola Jokic in the first unit. Harris did have a minor right foot injury put him on the injury report, but it was likely just a precaution. Fire him up in all leagues.
Feb 15 - 7:42 PM

Jamal Murray is not on the injury report for Thursday against the Bucks.

His chest soreness was a problem for him on Tuesday night and he was able to play through it. Murray's chest soreness will probably go away over the break and he's fully expected to defend his crown as the MVP of the Rising Stars game.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Murray shouldn't be limited at all in terms of playing time, especially given that he was able to eat up 38 minutes against San Antonio on Thursday. His match-up with Eric Bledsoe and the Bucks isn't a great one, as Milwaukee ranks 8th in defensive efficiency against PGs. Gary Harris - who has a nearly identical price tag to Murray - is in a better spot and can certainly pay off big in GPPs at a $6K salary.
Feb 15 - 3:43 PM

Gary Harris (foot) is listed as probable for Thursday against the Bucks.

It's being called a bruised right mid-foot injury, but Harris should be out there today. Harris did have this same injury last month, but it didn't cost him any games. His fantasy owners should expect him to play his normal minutes.
Feb 15 - 3:37 PM

Torrey Craig is not with the Nuggets on Thursday vs. the Bucks.

He's not in the G-League either, so we're not sure what's going on here. Malik Beasley will have a chance to play a handful of minutes if Craig doesn't join the team in time for Thursday's game.
Feb 15 - 12:54 PM

Kenneth Faried (personal) will not play on Thursday vs. the Bucks.

He's probably disappointed that the Nuggets didn't move him at the deadline, but it's unclear if that's why he's away from the team. He wasn't going to be in the rotation anyways.
Feb 15 - 12:50 PM

Richard Jefferson (wrist soreness) will not play on Thursday vs. the Bucks.

Jefferson hasn't played in six straight games, so this doesn't have any fantasy implications. He's fitting into the Mike Miller role perfectly.
Feb 15 - 12:48 PM

Jamal Murray (chest soreness) is expected to play Thursday vs. Milwaukee, as he told reporters that he is playing in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday "no matter what."

Murray was listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. San Antonio, but did play and finished 17 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers. Afterward, Murray said that he was in "constant pain," but that "pain’s nothing to me... I’ve played through broken fingers." We should have an update on his status after Wednesday's practice.
Feb 14 - 9:32 AM

Trey Lyles played just 17 minutes and hit 4-of-6 shots for 11 points and two rebounds in Tuesday's win.

He had just six points in 21 minutes on Saturday and Will Barton and Wilson Chandler are really coming on for the Jazz. And given the fact that Paul Millsap's not back yet, the future doesn't look all that bright for Lyles. If you can drop him for Wilson Chandler, do it, and if you can't, dropping him for another hot free agent makes sense. It appears Lyles is being squeezed by the recent emergence of Chandler, who is averaging 37 minutes over his last two games, and filling the stat sheet in Nugget wins.
Feb 14 - 1:36 AM

Will Barton hit 9-of-19 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals in 43 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Spurs.

Barton has now scored 20 or more in three of his last five games after struggling through much of January, and just like Wilson Chandler, looks like he's locked into a big role for the Nuggets going forward. The Nuggets are the No. 6 seed in the West, but are in a dogfight with the Thunder, Blazers, Pelicans, Clippers and Jazz, so they should be running at full speed through the end of the season. Barton should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 14 - 1:33 AM


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