Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried suffered an ankle injury during the first quarter of his team's April 14 game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
UPDATE: Friday, April 26, at 12:00 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
After coming off the bench in Game 2, most people believed Kenneth Faried would return to the starting lineup in the near future. According to Yahoo's Marc J. Spears, that will happen Friday, in Game 3 against the Warriors.
UPDATE: Tuesday, April 23, at 9:50 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
The Nuggets announced via Twitter that Faried will come off the bench in Game 2 vs. the Warriors:
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UPDATE: Sunday, April 21 at 12:51 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Exciting news for Nuggets fans as Kenneth Faried (ankle) is expected to play in Game 2 against the Warriors, the team announced Sunday afternoon.
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UPDATE: Friday, April 19 at 11:45 a.m ET by Michael Cahill
It appears that Faried is unlikely to play for Denver in Game 1 of their series against the Warriors, according to a report from Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post.
Per the report:
Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri told Denver-based radio show “Evans & Klatt” that he doubts Kenneth Faried (ankle) will play in Saturday’s Game 1. Ujiri said that two days off before Game 2 could give Faried enough rest to be ready for Tuesday.
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UPDATE: Monday, April 15 at 5:36 p.m. ET by Maxwell Ogden
With just two games remaining in the regular season, there is a rational fear surrounding Faried's availability come the postseason. Fortunately for the Nuggets, there is no reason for concern in that regard.
Asked whether he'd be ready for the playoffs, Kenneth Faried said "I'm going to play." #Nuggets— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) April 15, 2013
The question is, how healthy will he be?
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UPDATE: Monday, April 15 at 3:32 p.m. ET by Justin Onslow
It appears Faried's ankle injury isn't as serious as originally feared. According to the Denver Nuggets' official Twitter account, the forward is expected to miss just two games with an anterior talofibular ligament sprain:
According to Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post, Faried needed to be helped off the floor after taking a fall while driving the lane:
Kenneth Faried becing helped off the court with a lower left leg injury... #Nuggets— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) April 14, 2013
The Nuggets' then announced on Twitter that the injury is a sprained ankle:
This unfortunate news comes just weeks after Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari tore his ACL in a similar manner. Much like Gallo, Faried hit the ground and instantly let out a scream that stunned those in attendance. "The Manimal" clutched at his ankle and was in visible pain.
For those looking to view the injury, a video has been supplied below. As you can see, Faried comes down very awkwardly on his ankle:
Fortunately, the injury was limited to a sprained ankle and has Faried projected as day-to-day.
Nevertheless, any missed time from Faried would be a significant blow to Denver as the regular season winds down. The Nuggets have already lost Gallinari for the season and remain in a tight race with the Los Angeles Clippers for third in the Western Conference.
Heading into Sunday's game against Portland, the Nuggets were 54-25. The Clippers are 54-26 and own the tiebreak over Denver by way of winning the Pacific Division, while the Nuggets are second in the Northwest.
Denver can ill-afford to lose another star, as Faried was averaging 11.7 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds in 28.4 minutes per game at the time of the injury.
The talented power forward is currently eighth in the NBA in offensive rebounds per game at 3.3.