Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arthur (knee) is expected to exercise his player option for next season, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: If Arthur does, indeed, exercise the option, it will keep him in Denver for at least one more season while paying him $3.4 million. When asked if he's thought much about the decision, Arthur stated: "Not really. I look on coming back though. I don't see myself going anywhere. We'll see. I really want to stay, so hopefully everything works out." The former Kansas standout averaged 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 68 games this season. He sat out the final two contests with a severely bruised knee.
Danilo Gallinari - #8 - Small Forward - 6'10" - 225lbs
News: Gallinari relayed during Thursday's exit interview that he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from a total reconstruction of his left knee on Jan. 21, the Nuggets' official site reports.
Impact: Under the advice of his surgeon upon initially suffering an ACL tear in April of 2013, Gallinari opted to delay a repair with the hope that the ligament would recover enough to avoid the procedure. Alas, that didn't come to pass, but with time still on his side, the Italian intends to be "ready for training camp."
News: Faried scored 15 points (7-17 FG, 1-4 FT) and grabbed 13 rebounds Wednesday for his ninth double-double in his last 12 games.
Impact: Faried got better throughout the season, playing his best basketball in the month of April. In eight April games, he averaged 21.0 points and 13.0 rebounds while shooting 54.5 percent from the field.
News: Arthur was a DNP-CD for the team's final game of the season Wednesday.
Impact: Arthur was held out Tuesday as well. He suffered a knee strain/contusion Saturday, and the team decided to play it safe and hold him out for the final two games.
Anthony Randolph - #15 - Forward-Center - 6'11" - 225lbs
News: Randolph scored 19 points (6-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go along with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes Wednesday against the Warriors.
Impact: Randolph ended the 2013-14 season on a positive note, after having received sporadic playing time and dealing with injuries all year. He tied his season high in points and got double digit minutes for only the fifth time since the beginning of March.
News: Foye scored 32 points (10-21 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 9-12 FT) and had 11 assists in 43 minutes against Golden State on Wednesday night.
Impact: The double-double was the second of the month for Foye and he's ended the year scoring at least 20 points in four of his last five games. He finished the year with 186 three-pointers, 11th most in the NBA.
News: Lawson (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Warriors, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Lawson will end the season missing the final six games, as he continues to nurse an ankle injury. He'll finish the year with averages of 17.6 points, 8.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 62 contests. Expect Aaron Brooks to continue to fill in as the starter.
News: Mozgov put up another double-double Tuesday, scoring 18 points (6-10 FG, 6-7 FT) and grabbing 11 rebounds in addition to two assists and one steal.
Impact: Mozgov has recorded three straight double-doubles, and has averaged 16.7 points and 9.7 rebounds in 30.6 minutes per game in April. Expect more of the same from him Wednesday against the Warriors.
News: Arthur was officially listed as a DNP-Coach's Decision for Tuesday's loss at the Clippers.
Impact: Arthur made the trip with the team to Los Angeles and was expected to be available to play, but did not make it into the game. Considering he was averaging around 20 minutes per game in April prior to Tuesday, it seems probable that he was held out because of the knee injury he suffered Saturday. Consider Arthur day-to-day and a game time decision for Wednesday season finale against the Warriors.
News: Chandler returned from a groin injury on Saturday, and with no lingering issues, will play on Tuesday, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Chandler made the trip with the team to Los Angeles for the Nuggets' game on Tuesday against the Clippers, and as expected, should play. In his return on Saturday, Chandler scored just nine points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 21 minutes off the bench. If Chandler returns to the starting lineup on Tuesday, Quincy Miller will likely head to the bench.
News: Lawson (ankle) did not make the trip with the team to Los Angeles, and will miss Tuesday's game against the Clippers, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: There was hope that Lawson would be able to return before the end of the season, but with him being out Tuesday and his status for Wednesday being doubtful, that may not happen. While Lawson sits, Aaron Brooks will continue to start at point guard and provide good fantasy value for the final two games of the regular season.
News: Arthur (knee) made the trip with the team to Los Angeles, and is expected to play on Tuesday against the Clippers, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Arthur suffered a left knee strain/contusion in Saturday's game and did not return. However, he made the trip with the team to Los Angeles and it appears as if he will be ready to play on Tuesday against the Clippers.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: After hitting the game-winning shot for Denver on Thursday night, Faried followed it up with a 24-point, 21-rebound performance versus Utah on Saturday.
Impact: The performance marked the first 20-20 game for Faried in his career, but second in as many games for a Denver player. Center Timofey Mozgov had 23 points and 29 rebounds in Thursday's win over Golden State.
News: Faried scored 24 points (11-19 FG, 2-3 FT), pulled down a huge 21 rebounds, and added five assists in 42 minutes Saturday versus the Nuggets.
Impact: This marks Faried's first 20-20 game of the season and his eighth double-double in the last 10 games. He's turned around his season in the last month and is clearly benefiting from the banged-up Nuggets' frontcourt.
News: Mozgov backed up his monster game Thursday by posting 11 points (4-11 FG, 3-6 FT) and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes Saturday against the Jazz.
Impact: As the only true center on the roster, Mozgov should be a great source for frontcourt numbers down the stretch. In his last seven games, he's averaging 17.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, while shooting 56 percent from the field. He's as close to a must-own player as there is at the moment.
Quincy Miller - #30 - Small Forward - 6'9" - 210lbs
News: Miller played only 14 minutes with Wilson Chandler returning, going scoreless on 0-2 shooting from beyond the arc, grabbing three rebounds and blocking two shots Saturday.
Impact: Miller's fantasy relevance will take a step down with Chandler returning and should now only have relevance in deeper leagues. Fantasy owners weren't getting massive production from him anyway, so now is as good as time as any to cut bait on the second-year player.
News: Chandler (groin) made his first appearance in 10 games, scoring nine points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) with two rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 21 minutes off the bench Saturday against the Jazz.
Impact: Chandler made his return to the lineup and wasn't his usual productive self. He should return to the starting lineup soon at the expense of Quincy Miller and will be a must-own player until season's end.
News: Arthur suffered a left knee strain/contusion in Saturday's game and won't return.
Impact: Arthur didn't score (0-1 FG) in two minutes before leaving the game. He's been a part of the Nuggets' bench squad, but his minutes may go to the recently returned Wilson Chandler.
News: Chandler (groin) will return to the court Saturday against the Jazz after missing 10 games, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Chandler will play out the string, as the Nuggets are not involved in the playoff race. Since he's missed so much time, his minutes will likely be limited.
Aaron Brooks - #0 - Point Guard - 6'0" - 161lbs
News: Brooks recorded eight points (3-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, seven assists, and one steal in 39 minutes Thursday.
Impact: Brooks has been playing heavy minutes lately, averaging nearly 39 minutes a game over his last five contests, but should relinquish the starting point guard job soon as Ty Lawson (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup before the season ends.
News: Foye recorded 20 points (7-23 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one block in 39 minutes Thursday.
Impact: Other than struggling from the field and missing nine three-point attempts; Foye had a solid game with 20 points and produced nicely in the rebound and assist categories as well. He's been a good source of assists lately, especially his 15-assist explosion Wednesday, but that may change with Ty Lawson (ankle) expected to return before the season ends.
News: Faried finished with 18 points (8-18 FG, 2-7 FT), 17 rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 33 minutes Thursday.
Impact: Faried hit the game-winning shot with half a second left to help the Nuggets beat the Warriors, and is now averaging 21.6 points and 12.8 rebounds in the month of April. Although the Nuggets aren't contending for a playoff spot, it's good to see Faried playing so well as the season draws to a close and raises hopes for continued excellence next season.
News: Mozgov notched 23 points (10-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 29 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and three blocks in 43 minutes Thursday.
Impact: Mozgov exploded for a monster game Thursday against the Warriors, tying his career-high in points and grabbing a career-high 29 rebounds, nearly half of the Nuggets' total rebounds for the game. As the only center in the eight players available for Thursday's game, Mozgov played a team-high 43 minutes and finished with the best game of his career so far.
News: Mozgov has been shooting well from three-point range, having made four of his nine attempts in his last seven outings.
Impact: Mozgov made the first three-point shot of his career back on March 26, and hasn't looked back since. Before that make, he had been 0-for-12 from three in his career. Going from zero percent in his career to 44 percent in his last seven games is a drastic improvement for a big man.
News: Arthur (knee) wasn't able to practice Tuesday but managed to play 18 minutes in Wednesday's game. He finished with four points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
Impact: Arthur didn't have to miss any games with his injury that held him out of practice and should be good to go moving forward. However, he provides limited value on a struggling Denver team.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Foye scored 24 of his 30 points in the last 24 minutes, going 7 for 7 from the field in the third quarter, and the Denver Nuggets hung on to beat the Houston Rockets 123-116 on Wednesday night. He also had 15 assists.
Impact: Foye scored 30 or more points for the second time this season. He had a season-high 33 on Jan. 29 against Charlotte.
Quincy Miller - #30 - Small Forward - 6'9" - 210lbs
News: Miller started for the eighth-straight time on Wednesday and scored nine points (4-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt) to go along with eight rebounds, four blocks and two assists in a season-high 40 minutes against Houston.
Impact: Miller continues to start with Wilson Chandler (ankle) out and that trend will probably continue for the rest of the year. Although head coach Brian Shaw said he expects Chandler back, it's hard to envision that considering Denver has been eliminated. Miller is a smart play in daily leagues where his salary remains low.
Evan Fournier - #94 - Shooting Guard - 6'7" - 204lbs
News: Fournier scored 14 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and had an assist in 27 minutes against Houston on Wednesday night.
Impact: With Wilson Chandler (hip) out, Fournier has seen a consistent boost in minutes. He's scored in double figures in three out of his last four games and four out of his last six. He's a solid shooter, but just doesn't add enough elsewhere to warrant a spot play right now.
News: Foye scored 30 points (10-17 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go along with 15 assists, five rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes against Houston on Wednesday night.
Impact: The streaky Foye was on Wednesday night, hitting just about anything he put up. He plays a ton of minutes and hits plenty of three's, but his numbers are usually pretty thin outside of that. But, with Ty Lawson out (ankle), Foye is sort of the de facto playmaker even with Aaron Brooks in the lineup. He's probably a smart play from here on out if Lawson doesn't return.
News: Chandler (groin) will not play Wednesday against the Rockets, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: This will be the ninth straight game Chandler will miss because of a groin injury. Coach Brian Shaw has said that he expects Chandler to return this season, but with the team out of playoff contention, there seems to be no reason to rush him back. For now, he will be considered day-to-day.
News: Lawson (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Rockets, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Coach Brian Shaw has said the he expects Lawson to return before the end of the season, but that will all play out over the course of the last week of the season. Aaron Brooks will continue to start at point guard and have good fantasy value for the rest of the season.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Lawson, who missed Denver's game on Sunday because of a sprained left ankle, may miss the remainder of the season because of the injury.
Impact: With Denver out of the playoff race, the team will shut Lawson down and give their younger players a chance at some playing time.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Arthur (knee) did not practice Tuesday but is expected to play Wednesday, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Arthur has been averaging about 19 minutes per game recently in a fairly consistent bench role that could be of use in very deep leagues. He's capable of providing moderate points and rebounds with about one three-pointer and one block per game.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lawson (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, is not expected to play Wednesday, and is not close to returning, the Denver Post reports.
Impact: What seems to be happening is that Lawson is openly stating that he's hopeful to return this season, but given that the team is out of playoff contention and that Lawson is reported to be dealing with the worst ankle sprain of his career, it seems highly unlikely that we'll see him back on the court this season. His absence makes Aaron Brooks pretty much a must-own player in all standard leagues.
Aaron Brooks - #0 - Point Guard - 6'0" - 161lbs
Sun. Apr 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Aaron Brooks had 24 points and 15 assists against his former team, but it wasn't enough, as Denver lost to Houston 130-125 in overtime.
Impact: Brooks, who was traded to Denver on Denver on Feb. 20 for Jordan Hamilton, started for Ty Lawson, who was out with a left ankle sprain.