Denver Nuggets Player News: All Positions

News: Hernangomez has undergone core muscle surgery, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Kosmider notes that the injury hampered Hernangomez's play around the All-Star break. He did have a strong beginning of the season, starting 25 straight games from Nov. 11 through Jan. 5, shooting 42.5 percent from distance for 11.2 points per game. However, after the break, he appeared in only 21 games and hit just 22.2 percent of his field goals. Hernangomez will presumably be healthy for the beginning of training camp.
News: Porter said at Monday's exit interview that he's full cleared and expects to play for the Nuggets' summer league entry, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: The 14th overall pick in the 2018 Draft ended up missing the entirety of his rookie season while rehabbing after back surgery, but he said Monday that he's pain-free and has full medical clearance. Widely considered a top-three prospect in his high school class, Porter was projected as a potential No. 1 pick before injuring his back as a freshman at Missouri. Given that the injury sidelined him for most of the 2017-18 season, we're yet to see Porter against non-high-school competition for extended stretches, but he remains a high-upside prospect who could prove to be a valuable part of the Nuggets' future if he's able to stay healthy. Assuming he's given the green light to play summer league, the 6-10 Porter will be among the most buzzed-about names in Las Vegas.
News: Barton had just eight points, three rebounds, and one assist in 20 minutes during Sunday's 100-96 loss to Portland.
Impact: Barton closed out a difficult season by scoring just eight points in 20 minutes Sunday. An early-season injury derailed what was hoped to have been a strong season for Barton. Despite returning some months ago, Barton was not able to find any sort of consistency and was eventually supplanted in the starting lineup by Torry Craig. He appeared lost on the offensive end of the floor, making many questionable decisions at best, and defensively, offered very little production. Looking forward, Barton is going to have to work hard during the off-season as he looks to regain some of his explosiveness.
News: Harris tallied 15 points (7-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, and three assists in 39 minutes during Sunday's 100-96 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Harris ended Sunday's heartbreaking loss with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He was the only Nuggets' player to eclipse 50 percent from the field, a stat that certainly contributed to the loss. This ends what has been a disappointing season for Harris, albeit due to a number of injuries. To be fair, he has appeared somewhat rejuvenated during the playoffs and the hope would be that he can continue that kind of form moving forward. He is likely to fall in a number of fantasy drafts next season and could be a sneaky late round pick should he be able to recapture the form from just 12 months ago.
News: Murray ended with 17 points (4-18 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 9-9 FT), six rebounds, and five assists in 37 minutes during Sunday's 100-96 loss to Portland.
Impact: Murray could not get anything to fall Sunday, hitting just 4-of-18 from the field on his way to 17 points. The Nuggets were unceremoniously bundled out of the playoffs after establishing an early lead. While the season can certainly be viewed as a success from a team perspective, Murray will likely view his performance Sunday as a key factor in them not advancing to the Western Conference Finals. In fact, Murray's struggles throughout the series typically reflected whether they won or lost. He is one of the more talented scorers in the league but will be looking for more consistency heading into next season and beyond.
News: Jokic finished with 29 points (11-26 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 13 rebounds, four blocks, and two assists in 42 minutes during Sunday's 100-96 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Jokic was unable to carry his team to victory Sunday despite another superb all-around performance. Unfortunately for the Nuggets, both Paul Millsap and Jamal Murray struggled from the field, both shooting under 25 percent. It was certainly not the end Jokic and the Nuggets would have been hoping for but they remain one of the youngest playing units in the NBA and things are absolutely trending in the right direction. From a personal perspective, Jokic has established himself as arguably the best big man in the league and will be a dominant force for many years to come, in both reality and fantasy.
News: Craig contributed 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt), four rebounds and two blocks across 27 minutes during the Nuggets' 119-108 loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Thursday.
Impact: Craig enjoyed some modest offensive success, parlaying his sharpest shooting performance of the series into his first double-digit scoring effort. The rookie continues to start over Will Barton at small forward, but he's typically the clear fifth option on the first unit. Further supporting this designation is the fact Craig's seven shot attempts Thursday constituted a series high. He'll likely be similarly involved at best during Sunday's Game 7.
News: Harris registered 15 points (4-11 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five assists, three rebounds and three steals across 40 minutes during the Nuggets' 119-108 loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Thursday.
Impact: It was another well-rounded line for Harris, who'd upped his scoring over that of the previous contest in each game thus far until Thursday. The 24-year-old guard's total was actually just one point less than Tuesday's Game 5, however, while his 37.5 percent success rate from three-point range was his best since the series opener back on April 29. Harris will be counted on once again for his strong complementary numbers in Sunday's Game 7.
News: Millsap managed 17 points (4-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 8-8 FT), six rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block across 39 minutes during the Nuggets' 119-108 loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Thursday.
Impact: Millsap was far from efficient from the floor, but a perfect showing from the charity stripe served to prop up his final line significantly. The veteran big had been very sharp in the first five games of the series, shooting 56.3 percent or better in four of those contests. The Game 6 clunker aside, Millsap remains one of the most reliable fantasy assets on the Nuggets and will look to maximize his opportunities in Sunday's decisive Game 7 on his Pepsi Center home floor.
News: Murray finished with 24 points (7-20 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists and one steal across 46 minutes during the Nuggets' 119-108 loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Thursday.
Impact: Murray was the workhorse of the starting five Thursday, logging a game-high number of minutes and checking in behind only Nikola Jokic in scoring and rebounds for the Nuggets on the night. The 22-year-old has eclipsed the 20-point mark in four of the first six games of the series, even though his shot hasn't exactly been at its sharpest from contest to contest. Murray's 35.0 percent success rate Thursday was his second sub-40.0 percent effort against Portland, and he'll look to up his efficiency significantly in Sunday's crucial Game 7.
News: Jokic supplied 29 points (10-15 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 7-8 FT), 12 rebounds and eight assists across 37 minutes during the Nuggets' 119-108 loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Thursday.
Impact: Jokic unsurprisingly stepped up as the team leader in scoring and rebounding on the night, continuing his spectacular series by marking his fifth consecutive game with at least a double-double. The fifth-year big man has essentially been unstoppable from anywhere he's shot on the floor, and only the referee's whistle was able to get the best of him Thursday. While foul trouble always looms as a possibility for Jokic, he's naturally an elite fantasy asset heading into Sunday's critical Game 7 on his home floor.
News: Harris furnished 16 points (5-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two steals across 37 minutes during the Nuggets' 124-98 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: Harris has seen his shooting percentage drop over that of the prior game in each of the last two contests, but he's also increased his scoring in each outing of the series thus far. The veteran two-guard will look to continue his strong play in Thursday's potential series-clinching Game 6.
News: Murray collected 18 points (7-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), nine assists, five rebounds and one block across 34 minutes during the Nuggets' 124-98 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: Murray was a highly effective third wheel to Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap, checking in behind both in scoring. The third-year guard was coming off back-to-back 34-point efforts in Games 3 and 4, but he played more of a facilitator in Tuesday's contest. He'll look to help the Nuggets vault into the conference finals in Thursday's Game 6.
News: Millsap registered 24 points (9-17 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal across 34 minutes during the Nuggets' 124-98 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: Millsap was a force down low once again, particularly in a first half when he put up 19 of his points. The veteran is now averaging 19.0 points and 9.6 rebounds during the series, and he's eclipsed the 20-point mark in back-to-back contests. Coupled with his strong efforts on the boards, the veteran shapes up as an appealing fantasy asset heading into Thursday's Game 6.
News: Jokic managed 25 points (10-18 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 19 rebounds and six assists across 34 minutes during the Nuggets' 124-98 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal-round playoff series Tuesday.
Impact: The ultra-talented big man paced the Nuggets in both scoring and rebounding on the night, turning in a dominating performance in conjunction with frontcourt mate Paul Millsap. Jokic's rebound tally actually tied a postseason franchise record, and he now has a double-double at minimum in four consecutive contests. Jokic will look to continue serving as a focal point of Denver's offensive attack as they look to clinch the series during Game 6 on Thursday.
News: Murray paced the Nuggets with 34 points (10-20 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 11-11 FT) and added five rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes Sunday in the team's 116-112 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 4.
Impact: For the second straight contest, Murray poured in exactly 34 points, but he was much more efficient in the winning effort after converting 14 of 32 attempts from the field in the quadruple-overtime loss in Game 3. Throughout the series, however, Murray has been consistently unshakable at the free-throw line. Sunday's perfect showing leaves him at 18-for-18 in four games.
News: Jokic contributed 21 points (8-15 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 12 rebounds, 11 assists and two steals in 38 minutes Sunday in the Nuggets' 116-112 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 4.
Impact: Jokic helped the Nuggets even the series at two games apiece on the strength of his second consecutive triple-double and fourth of the postseason. The performance was rendered more impressive by the fact that Jokic returned to action just two days after logging 65 minutes in a quadruple-overtime loss in Game 3. That minutes total was just two shy of the all-time postseason record.
News: Harris poured in 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt) and added four rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block across 50 minutes during the Nuggets' 140-137 quadruple-overtime loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series Friday.
Impact: Harris was much less involved than some of his other teammates, but he put together a strong shooting performance in the loss. The 2014 first-round pick had shot no better than 40.0 percent in any of his previous three postseason games dating back to Game 7 of the first-round series against the Spurs, and he'll look to keep up his improved accuracy in Game 4 on Sunday.
News: Millsap registered 17 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals and two blocks across 49 minutes during the Nuggets' 140-137 quadruple-overtime loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series Friday.
Impact: Millsap put together another strong effort and gave the Nuggets a momentary 129-125 lead in the final overtime with a jumper. The veteran big man has back-to-back double-doubles and is shooting an impressive 54.2 percent over the first three games of the series overall. The 34-year-old will look to continue making an impact on both the scoreboard and the glass in a critical Game 4 on Sunday.
News: Barton provided 22 points (8-18 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals across 39 minutes during the Nuggets' 140-137 quadruple-overtime loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series Friday.
Impact: It was the caliber of performance Barton made the norm last season, but that was few and far between for him during this past campaign. The veteran wing hadn't scored in double digits since Game 5 of the first-round series against the Spurs, and his scoring tally Friday was his highest since March 6. He'll look to replicate his production and provide Denver with key second-unit scoring during Sunday's critical Game 4.
News: Jokic supplied 33 points (13-25 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 18 rebounds, 14 assists, two blocks and one steal across 65 minutes during the Nuggets' 140-137 quadruple-overtime loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series Friday.
Impact: Jokic's final line speaks to how dominant a performance he managed, but ironically, he failed to come through at a critical moment. The big man missed the first of two free throws with 5.6 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime, leaving Denver a a point short of the Trail Blazers at the time. The All-Star center did enjoy another successful night from distance, and he's now drained seven of 13 attempts from behind the arc over the first three games of the series. Jokic's minutes load was a game-high figure and likely leaves him exhausted with a short turnaround on tap for Game 4 on Sunday.
News: Murray (thigh) totaled 34 points (14-32 FG, 4-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, five assists and one steal across 55 minutes during the Nuggets' 140-137 quadruple-overtime loss to the Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series Friday.
Impact: Murray paced the Nuggets in shot attempts and scoring during the instant classic, with his tally serving as a playoff-high figure. The third-year guard fell just one shot attempt short of matching his combined total in that category from the first two games of the series. Murray is now averaging an impressive 24.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.3 steals over the first three contests against Portland and will look to help Denver bounce back in Sunday's Game 4.
News: Murray aggravated a thigh injury during Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Trail Blazers and will undergo treatment over the next 48 hours, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Murray bruised his right thigh during the first round, and things flared up Wednesday after he ran into a screen. The goal for Murray ahead of Friday's Game 3 matchup is to get his thigh to "loosen up as much as possible." It seems likely he'll play this weekend, but the situation is worth monitoring as the Nuggets head to Portland.
News: Craig compiled just seven points, four rebounds, and one steal in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 97-90 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Craig managed just seven points in Wednesday's Game 2 loss, perhaps suffering the after-effects of an in-game facial injury. Craig was forced out of the game during the second quarter but was able to return with the aid of a facial mask. His status for the next game remains unclear, however, barring any structural damage, he should be available. If he is forced to miss the game for any reason, Malik Beasley or Will Barton could slide into the starting lineup.
News: Beasley ended with 13 points (4-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-8 FT), three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 27 minutes during Wednesday's 97-90 loss to Portland.
Impact: Beasley started the second half Wednesday, filling in for Torrey Craig who was off the floor with a facial injury. Craig was able to return to the floor during the second half but was sporting a mask. Beasley finished the game with 13 points but was only able to convert 3-of-8 from the charity stripe. It would appear Craig should be ready to go for Game 3 Friday, but in the event he is forced to the sidelines, Beasley could shift into the starting lineup.
News: Millsap tallied 14 points (6-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 11 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 97-90 loss to Portland.
Impact: Millsap was able to put up a double-double during his 32 minutes Wednesday, although it was to no avail as the Nuggets gave up homecourt advantage in the Game 2 loss. Millsap has had two strong performances matching up with the smaller bodies of the Trail Blazers. Unfortunately, there was not a lot of support for the veteran and the Nuggets will now need to win at least one of the two games coming up in Portland if they hope to advance to the Conference Finals.
News: Jokic finished with 16 points (7-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 14 rebounds, seven assists, and one steal in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 97-90 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Jokic ended with a double-double Wednesday but was certainly not at his best in the tough home loss. The fact his 16 points represent a team-high give a clear indication that a number of players were struggling. Enes Kanter was much improved on the defensive end and likely impacted Jokic's impact. Game 3 will be in Portland on Friday and the Nuggets are going to have to turn things around quickly as they look to regain home court.
News: Craig (nose) returned to Wednesday's game against Portland, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Craig returned to Game 2 in the third quarter accompanied by a protective face mask. Barring any setbacks, Craig should continue to see minutes alongside the starters.
News: Craig is questionable to return Wednesday after suffering a nasal contusion , T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Impact: Craig slammed into Torrey Craig early into the second quarter. He appeared to be in intense pain but is officially questionable to return to Game 2. If he's unable to make it back, look for Will Barton and Malik Beasley to see extended run.
News: Craig exited Wednesday's tilt with Portland due to an undisclosed facial injury, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Impact: Craig hurt his face in a collision with teammate Monte Morris during the second quarter of Game 2. He appeared to be in intense pain and reportedly was bleeding on the floor. At this point it's unclear what exactly happened or if Craig'll return during the second half. If he's unable to, look for Will Barton to see an uptick in run.
News: Plumlee compiled six points, six rebounds, five steals, one assist, and one block in 24 minutes during Monday's 121-113 victory over Portland.
Impact: Plumlee provided a spark off the bench Monday, coming up with some big plays as the Nuggets held on for the victory. He had a couple of strong put-back dunks as well as five steals, providing exactly what the Nuggets needed despite the limited playing time. He is far from flashy but Plumlee should continue to play a sizeable enough role moving forward, consistently demonstrating his ability to produce across the board.
News: Millsap had 19 points (7-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and one block in 28 minutes during Monday's 121-113 victory over Portland.
Impact: Millsap did most of his damage early Monday but remained a factor throughout as the Nuggets held on for an eight-point victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. He took advantage of a number of mismatches to begin the game and got the Nuggets off to a strong start. Millsap is certainly not the player he once was but his playoff experience could prove invaluable throughout the course of the series.
News: Murray ended with 23 points (8-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight assists, and two steals in 34 minutes during Monday's 121-113 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Murray had an efficient night Monday, shooting 8-of-15 from the field on his way to 23 points. The pick-and-roll with Nikola Jokic was spectacular with both players coming off with plenty of open looks. Murray is certainly going to be a key factor moving forward for the Nuggets and will need to remain focused if they are to propel themselves into the Western Conference finals.
News: Jokic finished with 37 points (11-18 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 12-12 FT), nine rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two blocks in 41 minutes during Monday's 121-113 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Jokic was fantastic for the Nuggets as they hit the floor running, taking Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals, 121-to-113. Jokic did a bit of everything in the victory, leading the team with 37 points on 11-of-18 shooting, also hitting all 12 of his free-throws. His star continues to rise and efforts such as this could see the Nuggets advance to the Western Conference finals. Game 2 will be on Wednesday and Jokic will need to remain aggressive as they look to secure a 2-0 series lead.
News: Harris totaled 11 points (4-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in 41 minutes during Saturday's 90-86 victory over San Antonio.
Impact: Harris managed 11 points in 41 minutes Saturday, providing solid enough contributions in the Game 7 victory. He has looked a little better over the course of the playoffs but will need to step up even further as the Nuggets look to advance to the Conference Finals.
News: Murray ended with 23 points (9-19 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, and four assists in 32 minutes during Saturday's 90-86 victory over the Spurs.
Impact: Murray came on late for the Nuggets who managed to hold off a fast finishing Spurs team, advancing to the second round of the playoffs where they will face the Trail Blazers. Despite dropping a game-high 23 points, Murray appears to have lost some confidence in his perimeter game and will need to turn things around heading into what will be a more offensive based matchup moving forward. Outside of Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets have struggled to find regular scoring and so will need Murray to be at his best come Monday.
News: Jokic finished with 21 points (9-26 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 15 rebounds, 10 assists, three blocks, and one steal in 43 minutes during Saturday's 90-86 victory over the Spurs.
Impact: Jokic struggled from the field Saturday but was still able to produce across the board as the Nuggets held off the Spurs, advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Jokic has been far more aggressive on the offensive end, especially over the past two games where he has attempted a combined 56 shots. The Nuggets are going to need a lot more scoring from Jokic given they really only have two reliable scorers. They will face the Trail Blazers for the right to advance to the Conference Finals, a series that could certainly provide plenty of highlights.
News: Barton produced just two points (1-7 FG, 0-4 3Pt), two rebounds, and one steal in 19 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 loss to San Antonio.
Impact: Barton put up arguably his worst performance of the season Thursday, finishing with just two points in 19 minutes. All in all, Barton has been a disaster since returning from injury and appears to have lost a lot of his explosiveness. It remains to be seen whether he is impacted long term but at this stage, the Nuggets cannot rely on him for anything other than occasional scoring outbursts with very little else.
News: Murray totaled 16 points (7-18 FG, six assists, and three rebounds in 35 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Murray was solid enough in Thursday's loss but will need to improve drastically if the Nuggets are to emerge victorious Saturday. He has been far from consistent throughout the round one series and fans will be hoping he turns it up for the home crowd. Breaking down his numbers from the series thus far, in the games Murray shoots at least 47 percent, the Nuggets win. He has also scored at least 23 points in all three victories and so the recipe seems fairly clear cut.
News: Jokic finished with 43 points (19-30 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and one block in 38 minutes during Thursday's 120-103 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Jokic went off for a career-high 43 points Thursday, hitting 19-of-30 from the field in what was a devastating loss. The 43 points was also a franchise playoff record for most points scored. Milestones aside, the Nuggets will now have to return home for Game 7, something they would have certainly liked to have avoided. The home court will work in their favor but the Spurs have already shown the ability to win on the road and Jokic will need to be at his best once again to ensure safe passage to the second round.
News: Plumlee pitched in one point (0-4 FG, 1-3 FT), three rebounds, and one block in 16 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Plumlee has earned less than 20 minutes in four of five games here in the playoffs, and this was easily his worst outing yet. Moreover, his per-game averages have unsurprisingly dipped across the board as coach Michael Malone has been limiting the amount of time Plumlee and Nikola Jokic share the court.
News: Murray supplied 23 points (9-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, two steals, and one block in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Murray was absolutely remarkable, dominating the opposition while helping his team put the game out of reach early enough that he was able to grab some extra rest down the stretch. Murray has now scored at least 23 points in three of the last four games, and he posted playoff career highs in rebounding, assists, and made threes in this one as well. He'll look to lead his team to the second round during Thursday's Game 6.
News: Barton contributed 17 points (7-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, and three assists in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Barton enjoyed by far his most efficient showing in this series offensively while earning his highest minute total since Game 1. He seems comfortable coming off the bench while former reserve Torrey Craig has performed admirably as the starter across these last two games. Expect Barton to stay aggressive as the team tries to close out the series during Thursday's Game 6.
News: Craig amassed one point (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, and one block in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Craig provided superb defense on DeMar DeRozan and went to work on the glass. While he wasn't able to replicate Saturday's effort offensively, Nuggets coach Michael Malone has every reason to keep starting Craig and relying on him to play decent minutes as the series shifts to San Antonio for Thursday's Game 6.
News: Jokic recorded 16 points (5-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and one block in 33 minutes during Tuesday's 108-90 Game 5 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Jokic filled up the stat sheet yet again and likely would've accumulated more minutes (and thus more counting stats) had the score been a bit closer down the stretch. Jokic repeatedly found cutters and created good looks galore for himself and others, and he'll try to help his team close out the series during Thursday's Game 6.
News: Murray posted 24 points (8-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six assists, and two rebounds in 33 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Murray bounced back after delivering a dud in Thursday's Game 3 defeat, in which he had nearly as many turnovers (four) as points (six). Murray has been fairly inconsistent all year, but this is his second 24-point performance through four playoff games. With the series tied at two games apiece, the 22-year-old guard will likely need to provide another impressive showing if the Nuggets hope to avoid an elimination game on the road.
News: Barton tallied 12 points (3-10 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, and two assists in 15 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Barton came off the bench and saw limited action while Torrey Craig drained a career-high five treys in 37 minutes as the starting small forward. Barton has seen a drop in minutes in all four games during this playoff series (from 32 to 26 to 20 to 15). However, he amassed more points in this one than he did in the last two tilts combined while draining more threes than he had in the first three put together. Moreover, Barton may end up spending more time with the ball in his hands as one of the key cogs for the second unit than he did as the fourth of fifth option in the starting five.
News: Jokic produced 29 points (10-22 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 8-8 FT), 12 rebounds, and eight assists in 39 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Jokic was extremely aggressive offensively, as he relentlessly attacked when the Spurs chose not to send help. Despite San Antonio's apparent strategy to force Jokic into a scoring role, he finished just two dimes shy of a triple-double. With the series shifting to Denver for Tuesday's Game 5, Jokic will look to deliver another stellar performance and maintain home-court advantage.
News: Craig contributed 18 points (6-9 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, two steals, and one block in 37 minutes during Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Craig drew the start at small forward, finished with a career high in made threes, and earned over twice as many minutes as former starter Will Barton (12 points in 15 minutes). Craig can cover multiple positions defensively and fits in offensively as a spot-up shooter, strengths that make him a strong fit with the starting five. Meanwhile, Barton's combination of ball-handling and playmaking seems best suited for the second unit, as it affords him more time with the ball in his hands.
News: Barton will come off the bench for Game 4 on Saturday, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Impact: Barton will be replaced by Torrey Craig. The veteran forward's had an ineffective playoffs so far as he's averaging just 7.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting a combined 9-of-31 from the floor over his first three games.
News: Craig will get the start for Game 4 on Saturday, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Impact: Craig will replace Will Barton at the small forward spot Saturday. Through three playoff games, Craig's averaging 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.6 minutes.
News: Harris totaled 12 points (4-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and a steal over 33 minutes in the Nuggets' loss to the Spurs on Thursday.
Impact: Harris finished Thursday's loss with a well-rounded stat line as the Nuggets fell to a 2-1 series hole. Harris has been productive in the series, averaging 18.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in three games.
News: Craig totaled 12 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist and a steal over 14 minutes in the Nuggets' loss to the Spurs on Thursday.
Impact: Craig produced a serviceable stat line in Thursday's loss, totaling his highest scoring game in the playoffs. He's only averaging 10.3 minutes through three games in the first round, and he's a deep rotational player with limited upside at best.
News: Beasley totaled 20 points (7-13 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine rebounds and two assists over 28 minutes in the Nuggets' loss to the Spurs on Thursday.
Impact: Beasley nearly produced a double-double in Thursday's loss, missing that feat by one rebound. It was one of Beasley's best all-around games of the season, though his strong performance wasn't enough to get the Nuggets a needed win. Beasley's production has been inconsistent this season, and another 20-point outburst would be surprising in Game 4 on Saturday.
News: Jokic totaled 22 points (8-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds and seven assists over 32 minutes in the Nuggets' loss to the Spurs on Thursday.
Impact: Jokic produced yet another big stat line in Thursday's loss, though the Nuggets now face a 2-1 series deficit to the Spurs. He's averaging a near triple-double in the playoffs, with 17.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 9.7 assists per game.
News: Morris collected 11 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six assists, one rebound, and one steal in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 114-105 Game 2 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Morris rediscovered his scoring rhythm, this after totaling two points on one-of-six from the field in Saturday's Game 1 loss. Moreover, he has now handed out 11 assists compared to zero turnovers through these first two postseason affairs.
News: Millsap mustered 20 points (7-10 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-7 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 114-105 Game 2 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Millsap finished with twice as many points as field goal attempts, scoring efficiently while contributing in every statistical category. The 34-year-old forward has settled into a modest role offensively but can clearly still fill it up when the occasion calls for it.
News: Murray managed 24 points (8-17 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-7 FT), four assists, two rebounds, and one steal in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 114-105 Game 2 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Murray shook off a shaky showing in Saturday's series opener to provide a solid scoring effort in this one. The 22-year-old guard remains a somewhat streaky contributor overall, but his 21-point fourth quarter explosion helped his team overcome a fairly sizable deficit to even the series at one game apiece.
News: Harris had 23 points (10-16 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, and one assist in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 114-105 Game 2 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Harris struggled throughout the vast majority of the regular season. However, he's off to a strong start here in the playoffs, having combined for 43 points while connecting on 17-of-28 field goal attempts across these first two contests.
News: Jokic produced 21 points (7-15 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 13 rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 114-105 Game 2 win over the Spurs.
Impact: Jokic delivered an incredible performance, falling just two dimes shy of a triple-double while upping his aggressiveness as a scorer. It's not unusual for opposing teams to try to force Jokic to score rather than set up his teammates, but the big man remains an elite initiator with an innate ability to find the open man.
News: Barton managed 15 points (6-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 10 rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 32 minutes during Saturday's 101-96 loss to San Antonio.
Impact: Barton put up a double-double in Saturday's loss to the Spurs but struggled from the field, hitting just 6-of-15 from the floor. It was not a good night offensively for the Nuggets and they will need to regroup heading into Tuesday if they hope to level things at 1-1.
News: Harris had 20 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), three rebounds, one assist, and one block in 37 minutes during Saturday's 101-96 loss to San Antonio.
Impact: Harris was the only starter for the Nuggets to shoot in excess of 50 percent, ending with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting. The points were nice but unfortunately, his supporting numbers were lacking. Harris has looked better over the past few games but that cannot take away from the fact that he has been a big disappointment this season. The Nuggets will look to bounce back in game two Tuesday, hoping to head back to San Antonio locked at 1-1.
News: Murray totaled 17 points (8-24 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six steals, and two rebounds in 34 minutes during Saturday's 101-96 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Murray couldn't get anything going on the offensive end Saturday but managed to salvage his line with an impressive six steals. The Nuggets are certainly not going to be happy with their effort and the fact they only lost by five points is encouraging. Murray will need to turn things around in a hurry, much like his teammates, if they are to level the series Tuesday.
News: Jokic ended with 10 points (4-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds, 14 assists, and one steal in 36 minutes during Saturday's 101-96 loss to the Spurs.
Impact: Jokic attempted just nine field-goals, ending with 10 points in 36 minutes. While the offense was basically non-existent, he added 14 rebounds and 14 assists, finishing with a triple-double. The Nuggets were certainly far from their best in the loss and will need to get things turned around quickly if they are to remain in the playoffs. Although it was only one game, Jokic needs to take more control, especially on the offensive end, as the Nuggets look to get their first playoff victory in quite some time.
News: Harris had 14 points (5-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 99-95 victory over Minnesota.
Impact: Harris managed 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting Wednesday, continuing to improve, if only ever so slightly. He has scored in double-digits in four of his last five games and is certainly looking more like the player he was last season. That being said, this season has been a disaster for Harris and those who drafted him. His playoff numbers are likely going to have a huge impact on next season's ADP and potential owners should keep an eye on him even though the fantasy season has come to an end.
News: Murray totaled 17 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists, and one block in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 99-95 victory over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Murray was within sight of a triple-double Wednesday, helping the Nuggets lock up the second seed in the West. On the whole, Murray has been somewhat underwhelming this season and likely underperformed when compared to his ADP. That being said, he is going to be a key piece of the Nuggets offense as they look to move forth in the playoffs, starting with a tough matchup against the Spurs on Saturday.
News: Jokic finished with 29 points (13-26 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds, three steals, and two assists in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 99-95 victory over the Timberwolves.
Impact: Jokic and the Nuggets were able to exact revenge after the Timberwolves knocked them out of the playoff race last season. The victory ensured the Nuggets finished with the second-best record in the Western Conference, earning them a first-round playoff showdown with Spurs. After a disaster the previous night in a loss to the Jazz, Jokic bounced back with a stellar all-around effort, and the 26 shot attempts were the second-most he has taken in a game this season. He appears primed and ready to go as the Nuggets look to go deep into the playoffs, capping off what has been a thoroughly successful season.
News: Beasley amassed 25 points (9-13 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two steals, one assist, and one block in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 118-108 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Beasley ended Tuesday's loss with 25 points in 31 minutes, his highest scoring game in over two months. The starters were run off the court for the Nuggets meaning the second unit saw additional run. He has scored in double-digits just twice in his past nine games prior to Tuesday and so there is certainly an element of risk in streaming him in for the final day of the regular season.
News: Morris finished with 22 points (8-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 30 minutes during Tuesday's 118-108 loss to Utah.
Impact: Morris turned in his best performance in quite some time Tuesday, finishing with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Morris has been a pleasant surprise for the Nuggets this season and is basically the reason Isaiah Thomas is out of the rotation. His role is up and down depending on the nature of the scoreline which means he is better served as a streaming option. The Nuggets need to win Wednesday to ensure a top-two finish meaning Morris will likely remain on the bench.
News: Jokic had just two points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 16 minutes during Tuesday's 118-108 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Jokic was back in the starting lineup Tuesday after missing the previous game due to rest. Perhaps the rest was unfounded as he turned in arguably his worst game of the season before fouling out after just 16 minutes. The loss means the Nuggets will need to win their final game to ensure they maintain the two seed in the Western Conference. For his owners, hopefully, that means he will be on the court Wednesday and will certainly be looking to bounce back after this pathetic performance.
News: Barton is probable for Tuesday's game against Utah due to a right finger sprain.
Impact: Barton is expected to play through this minor issue in his team's second-to-last matchup of the regular season. Expect him to receive clearance closer to tipoff.
News: Murray (rest) will play in Tuesday's game against the Jazz, Katy Winge of Altitude TV reports.
Impact: Murray got the night off along with Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic on Sunday, but now all three will be back in action for the final two games. With Murray back in the starting lineup, Monte Morris will return to playing the role of backup point guard.
News: Jokic (rest) will play and start in Tuesday's game against the Jazz, Katy Winge of Altitude TV reports.
Impact: Jokic got the night off Sunday in order to get some extra rest before the start of the playoffs. The big man will now return for the final playoff push, which will send Mason Plumlee back to his role off the bench.
News: Millsap (rest) will play in Tuesday's game against the Jazz, Katy Winge of Altitude TV reports.
Impact: Millsap was one of the three Nuggets to get the night off Sunday, and with his return to the starting lineup, Trey Lyles will head back to his role off the bench.
News: Plumlee furnished 10 points (5-12 FG), 11 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and one steal across 32 minutes in the Nuggets' 115-108 loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Impact: Plumlee ultimately fouled out, but he was able to put together a solid across-the-board performance prior to that point. The veteran big man drew the start for Nikola Jokic (rest), which led to his first double-double since March 26. Plumlee has proven a valuable second-unit contributor throughout the season and should continue seeing a solid allotment of minutes throughout Denver's playoff run.
News: Lyles managed 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 0-1 FT), nine rebounds and two assists across 27 minutes in the Nuggets' 115-108 loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Impact: Lyles received a rare turn with the starting five as a result of Paul Millsap getting the night off for rest. The 23-year-old had last scored in double digits back on Feb. 8, which was also the last game his minutes had exceeded the teens. Despite Sunday's opportunity, Lyles is likely to revert back to his modest second-unit role Tuesday versus his old Jazz squad.
News: Harris posted 18 points (8-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-3 FT), two rebounds and one assist across 24 minutes in the Nuggets' 115-108 loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Impact: Harris' scoring tally paced the Nuggets on a night when Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap all sat for rest. Point totals such as Sunday's have been hard to come by for Harris lately, as he'd last scored more than 18 points back on March 6. The 24-year-old's yo-yo production has largely been the byproduct of poor shooting -- even factoring in Sunday's 66.7 percent effort, Harris' 42.2 percent success rate for the season is his lowest since his rookie 2014-15 campaign.
News: Morris has been named to the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Trail Blazers, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Morris will get the nod at point guard in place of Jamal Murray, who's out for rest purposes. Morris' last opportunity to join the starting five dates back to Feb. 4 against Detroit when he dropped 18 points over 34 minutes.
News: Lyles is starting Sunday's game against Portland, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: Lyles will get a shot to start with Denver electing to rest three of it's starts Sunday evening. The former first-round pick has started only one other contest this season.
News: Plumlee is starting Sunday's game against Portland, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: With the Nuggets resting three starters, Plumlee will join the first unit in place of Nikola Jokic. Plumlee's last start dates back to Feb. 11 against Miami.
News: Murray will sit out Sunday's game for rest against the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Coach Michael Malone will opt to give Murray the day off to stay fresh for the upcoming playoffs. In Murray's place, Monte Morris should see extra run and is a strong candidate to draw the start at point guard.
News: Millsap will not play due to rest purposes Sunday against Portland.
Impact: The veteran will get Sunday's game off as the playoffs draw closer. In his place, Juancho Hernangomez and Trey Lyles figure to see extra run.
News: Jokic will sit out for rest Sunday against the Trail Blazers.
Impact: With the playoffs close, coach Michael Malone will opt to give the star big man the night off. Mason Plumlee figures to handle the bulk of the minutes at center.
News: Murray tallied 23 points (7-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), six assists, four rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes in the Nuggets' 119-110 win over the Trail Blazers on Friday.
Impact: Murray turned in a well-balanced offensive performance, one supplemented nicely with another perfect showing from the free-throw line. The third-year guard continues to be one of the driving forces of the Nuggets offense as the season winds down, and Friday's point tally served as his fourth of at least 20 points in the last seven games.
News: Jokic registered 22 points (9-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 13 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one block across 37 minutes in the Nuggets' 119-110 win over the Trail Blazers on Friday.
Impact: Jokic has scored 20 points or more in four of the last five games, double-doubling in each. He fell just an assist shy of a triple-double in each of the last two games as well, so his production is as robust as ever as the regular season winds down. Factoring in Friday's production, Jokic is averaging 19.6 points, 11.8 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.8 steals across 31.6 minutes over the last five games.
News: Millsap contributed 25 points (9-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-7 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and one steal across 30 minutes in the Nuggets' 119-110 win over the Trail Blazers on Friday.
Impact: Millsap paced the Nuggets in scoring on the night by breaking out of a three-game slump in sensational fashion. The veteran forward had shot 33.3 percent or worse in each of the previous three contests, but his resurgence Friday came at a critical time for a Nuggets squad still trying to catch the Warriors for the top seed in the Western Conference. Despite less involvement offensively this season -- his 9.6 shot attempts per contest are his lowest since the 2009-10 season -- Millsap has been impressively efficient while shooting 48.8 percent, his best success rate from the floor since the 2012-13 campaign.
News: Barton poured in 11 points (4-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt) and added two assists and one rebound across 23 minutes in the Nuggets' 113-85 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
Impact: Barton upped his efficiency Wednesday, posting his second-highest shooting percentage (44.4) over the last six games. The veteran wing has struggled with consistency all season, leading to his lowest scoring average (12.0 points) and shooting percentage (40.8) since the 2014-15 campaign. Notably, Barton has also seen a dip in usage compared to his career-best 2017-18 season, as he's averaging 11.1 shot attempts per game at present compared to a career-high 12.7 a year ago.
News: Beasley contributed 19 points (7-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two assists, one rebound and one steal across 25 minutes in the Nuggets' 113-85 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
Impact: Like reserve backcourt mate Monte Morris, Beasley saw a healthy allotment of opportunity in the lopsided win. The 22-year-old hadn't scored in double digits since March 21, a drought that was the byproduct of both limited minutes and a significant shooting slump. Beasley had played over 20 minutes only twice in the six games preceding Wednesday's and shot 21.7 percent over that span, including 17.2 percent from distance.
News: Morris finished with 19 points (8-13 FG, 3-5 Pt), three rebounds, three assists and one steal across 26 minutes in the Nuggets' 113-85 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
Impact: Morris saw plenty of minutes in the lopsided victory, producing an efficient line based on his best shooting effort since March 22. The 2017 second-round pick has been seeing at least 20 minutes in the majority of contests, and he's most recently parlayed that into seven double-digit scoring efforts over the last 10 games. Morris should continue seeing a similar allotment of playing time behind Jamal Murray for the remainder of the regular season.
News: Murray registered 14 points (6-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 assists, six rebounds, one steal and one block across 30 minutes in the Nuggets' 113-85 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
Impact: Murray enjoyed an excellent all-around performance, posting his first double-double since Feb. 6. The 2016 first-round pick finished March with a hot hand from the field, shooting between 50.0 and 63.2 percent over the last four contests of the month. He's been less efficient in the first two games of April while shooting 42.9 percent in each, but he'll naturally remain a pivotal component of the offense over the final four games as the Nuggets push to improve playoff positioning.
News: Jokic totaled 20 points (9-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 11 rebounds and nine assists across 29 minutes in the Nuggets' 113-85 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
Impact: Jokic exploded for team-high point and rebound totals in the easy victory. The versatile big man has double-doubled in three of his past four games, and his 90.0 percent success rate from the field Wednesday was his highest since the second game of the season Oct. 20. With the Nuggets still capable of reaching the top seed, Jokic should continue seeing a normal allotment of minutes for what remains of the regular season.
News: Thomas tallied 10 points (2-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three assists, and one rebound in 10 minutes during Tuesday's 116-102 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: The Nuggets were trailing big entering the fourth quarter, allowing Thomas to log his first action since mid-March. Even though Thomas and Denver's deep reserves were able to make the final score more respectable, it's unlikely he'll enter the rotation Wednesday against the Spurs, assuming that contest remains relatively competitive throughout.
News: Jokic totaled 10 points (4-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, five assists, and four steals in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 116-102 loss to Golden State.
Impact: Jokic played just 28 minutes Tuesday as the Nuggets were blown out by the Warriors. He was torched by DeMarcus Cousins and will certainly need to be much better than this is the Nuggets are to make any real noise in the playoffs. The four steals matched his season-high and somewhat salvaged what was a disappointing night. He will look to improve Wednesday when they return home to face the Spurs in what is now a very important game.
News: Murray finished with 17 points (6-14 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five steals, four rebounds, and three assists in 29 minutes during Tuesday's 116-102 loss to the Warriors.
Impact: Murray battled through his ankle injury to finish with a team-high 17 points, adding five steals, matching his season-high in that category. The scoreline certainly flatters the Nuggets who were completely outclassed. They will need to regroup quickly as they return home to host the Spurs on Wednesday. This loss means the first seed could now be out of reach, however, they are not safe in the second seed either. Owners should monitor the injury report leading into Wednesday in case the injury flares up overnight.
News: Murray (ankle) is considered probable for Tuesday's game against the Warriors, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Impact: Murray departed Sunday's loss to the Wizards with a left ankle sprain, but it doesn't look to be anything overly concerning, and the point guard is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night. Prior to exiting, Murray posted 12 points, two rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes of action.
News: Plumlee tallied nine points (4-7 FG, 1-1 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, and one block in 25 minutes during Sunday's 95-90 loss to the Wizards.
Impact: Plumlee had a decent game considering the outcome Sunday, falling just one point shy of a double-double. He has been clinging onto standard league value due primarily to his ability to put up out of position stats. If the Nuggets decide to rest players at all down the stretch, Plumlee could find himself in a larger role from time to time with his ability to play both the four and the five.
News: Millsap totaled 13 points (3-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 16 rebounds, and three assists in 31 minutes during Sunday's 95-90 loss to the Wizards.
Impact: Millsap matched his season high with 16 rebounds Sunday, but unfortunately, that is where the good news ends. He shot just 3-of-13 from the field and failed to record a single defensive stat. He has been solid enough this season but is far from the player he was only two seasons ago. The Nuggets are likely to finish with the second seed in the West after this loss and may decide to rest a number of players leading into the playoffs. Millsap would certainly be a candidate there and owners should keep an eye on the injury report moving forward.
News: Jokic finished with 23 points (11-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-3 FT), 14 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block in 30 minutes during Sunday's 95-90 loss to the Wizards.
Impact: Jokic was basically the only Nuggets player who submitted a credible performance in the costly loss, but even his outing was sullied by a fourth-quarter ejection. with the loss limiting the team's margin for error in clinching the top seed out West, the pressure is on Jokic and the Nuggets to come away with a win in Oakland against the Warriors in their next game Tuesday.
News: Murray is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Washington due to a left ankle sprain, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Murray appeared to roll his ankle during the first half but checked back into the contest after a quick trip to the locker room. His availability for the remainder of the game is up in the air at this point, however, and it seems unlikely that the Nuggets would risk the health of their starting point guard this late in the season, considering their current playoff positioning.
News: Harris finished with eight points (3-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt), four assists, two steals and a rebound across 31 minutes in the Nuggets' win over the Thunder on Friday.
Impact: Harris finished with a less productive stat line than usual in Friday's win. He hasn't been a huge contributor for the Nuggets this season, but he's practically invisible when Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic are cooking. That will probably be the case more often than not over the final couple of weeks of the NBA season.