While the Denver Nuggets continue to coast atop the Western Conference standings with a 17-8 record, they were recently dealt an additional blow on the injury front.
Guard Gary Harris injured his right hip during Monday’s 106-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors, exiting late in the first quarter. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Harris will miss 3-4 weeks of action as he rehabilitates his hip.
Denver guard Gary Harris is expected to need three-to-four weeks to rehab his right hip injury, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 8, 2018
With the Nuggets playing as well as they currently are, anything possible of swaying that momentum such as injury is always concerning. Gary Harris is one of the better young shooting guards in the league and was a key component towards the Nuggets’ early success, making this an even tougher pill to swallow. Teammate Paul Millsap will also be sidelined as he recovers from a fractured toe.
The Nuggets have dominated opponents thus far this season, securing the first seed in what will be an intriguing Western Conference race all season. Along with Harris’ improved play, Nikola Jokic continues to dazzle while Jamal Murray has also stepped up.
With Harris sidelined, more scoring responsibility will certainly fall on the shoulders of his backcourt mate Murray and fellow guards Malik Beasley and Monte Morris. The Nuggets boast a fairly deep guard rotation so hopefully, his absence along with Paul Millsap’s won’t completely throw the Nuggets off their early-season momentum.