Gary Harris, Will Barton out for Nuggets in restart opener, Jamal Murray questionable
Gary Harris (hip), Will Barton (knee) and Vlatko Cancar (foot) are all out for tomorrow vs. Miami.
Jamal Murray (hamstring) is questionable.
— Mike Singer (@msinger) July 31, 2020
The seeding games aren’t that important for the Nuggets, as they are in third place in the Western Conference standings. They have locked in a postseason berth, so the eight seeding games will help them knock off the rust that was created after such a long layoff.
With that said, Nuggets head coach Michael Malone would certainly like to see his team at full strength for a few of the seeding games, particularly the last ones before the 2020 playoffs start. Denver is trying to make a Finals run and the club will need Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Will Barton to play at a high level.
Before the season was suspended in March, Murray was averaging 18.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game for the Nuggets. The 23-year-old was also shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 89.3 percent from the free-throw line.
As for Harris, he was putting up 10.4 points per outing, while Barton was averaging 15.1 points and 6.3 boards prior to the NBA hiatus.
The Nuggets lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round of the 2019 playoffs. The team has come back hungry and motivated to win the championship.