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Nuggets’ Gary Harris upgraded to questionable vs. Knicks Tuesday

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The Denver Nuggets have upgraded shooting guard Gary Harris to questionable for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks.

Gary Harris has been out since Dec. 3 due to a lingering right hip injury.

In 21 games this season for Denver, Gary Harris has averaged 16.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. The 24-year-old is shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free-throw line.

The Nuggets enter Monday with a record of 23-11, first place in the rugged Western Conference. The return of Gary Harris to the lineup will make the Nuggets’ offense and defense more lethal, a sight opposing teams aren’t looking forward to seeing.

Harris signed a four-year, $84 million extension with Denver in 2017. $74 million of the extension is guaranteed. When the Nuggets signed Harris to that contract, some pundits around the league were skeptical of the deal. Harris, however, has proven to be one of the most underrated two-way players in the NBA who fits into Denver’s offense perfectly.

The Nuggets play through star big man Nikola Jokic. The center gets double-teamed a lot in the post, freeing up Harris and point guard Jamal Murray for wide-open looks from the perimeter all the time.

Harris will probably be rusty when he comes back since he has missed a handful of games, but expect him to find his fine form soon enough.

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