2011 NBA Playoffs: Deep Denver Team Need Not Worry About Health vs Thunder
For most teams about to face a talented Oklahoma City squad with the prospect of having four starters and a reserve banged up entering the playoffs, it would seem like a daunting task.
But the fifth-seeded Denver Nuggets don’t seem to be concerned as they appear to be limping into the playoffs.
As a result of dealing former stars Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks on Feb. 22, which saw the Nuggets go on an incredible and improbable 18-7 post-trade run, Denver got deep.
The Nuggets roster boasts a minimum of nine possible starters based on the different lineups coach George Karl has put on the court since the Anthony trade. That’s nearly two full starting lineups.
So even without a 100-percent healthy group of starters in Aron Afflalo (hamstring), Ty Lawson (ankle), Danilo Gallinari (ankle) and Nene Hilario (groin), to go along with reserve Timofey Mozgov (ankle and knee), Denver’s going to be able to field a starting five.
The healthy Nugget potential starters are Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Al Harrington, Kenyon Martin and J.R. Smith.
And that’s if the banged up crew is unable to go.
According to Thursday’s Denver Post, most of the aforementioned players are expected to play, with the exception of Mozgov, a backup/role player.
Keep checking back here for updates on the status of Denver’s mix-and-match Nugget corps.
The Nuggets-Thunder series begins at 9:30 pm, Sunday in Oklahoma City and is being televised on TNT.
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