Mason Plumlee out 2 weeks to a month with foot injury
NBA guru Adrian Wojnarowski has provided an update on the status of Denver Nuggets big man Mason Plumlee. According to Woj, the 29-year-old veteran will be out for a significant period as he recovers from what has been diagnosed as a right foot injury.
Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee is expected to miss two weeks to a month with a right foot injury, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 22, 2020
Plumlee sustained the injury on Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was actually able to play through it. This led most to believe that this was nothing more than a minor tweak. This is why this new development does come as a bit of surprise, especially considering how Plumlee is now looking at one whole month on the shelf.
Plumlee has served as the primary backup to Nuggets superstar big man Nikola Jokic. Currently, the seventh-year man is averaging 7.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 17.4 minutes off the bench.
Plumlee now joins a slew of Nuggets players that are currently out of action, which include Paul Millsap (knee), Jamal Murray (ankle), and Gary Harris (adductor). This leaves Denver head coach Michael Malone with a very thin rotation, and guys like Jerami Grant and Michael Porter Jr. will likely see a further increase in their respective roles for the squad moving forward.
The Nuggets will likely take a committee approach in filling in Plumlee’s minutes, as there is no other legitimate active center on the squad right now outside Jokic. We should expect a ton of small ball from the squad in the weeks to come sans Plumlee.