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Feb 22, 2017
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Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay will return to the lineup against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday. What It Means: Mudiay has missed the Nuggets' last six games (and 11 of their last 14), but he practiced in full on Tuesday and he won't likely have any limitations after getting a week off to recover during the All-Star break. He came off the bench in the three games he did play over those last 14, so Jameer Nelson may continue to start at point guard for Denver, even with Mudiay back. Our models project Mudiay for 12.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 28.4...
numberFire Feb 22, 2017

Jameer Nelson named Nuggets' starting point guard, Emmanuel Mudiay demoted

Denver Nuggets point guard Jameer Nelson will be the starting point guard going forward, head coach Mike Malone said. What It Means: Nelson has been operating as the Nuggets' starter since January as Mudiay (back) was sidelined with a couple different injuries. He averaged 36.1 points on FanDuel in the four games heading into the break, so Nelson should be owned pretty much everywhere. Mudiay is questionable for Thursday against the Sacramento Kings, but he's not worth holding. In 20 games as a starter this season, Nelson is averaging 32.2 minutes per contest while recording...
Denver Stiffs Feb 22, 2017
Emmanuel Mudiay moved to bench role

Emmanuel Mudiay moved to bench role

The 2015 first round pick will cede the starting point guard position to the veteran Jameer Nelson, according to coach Michael Malone. It shouldn’t surprise too many Nuggets fans, but head coach Michael Malone announced Wednesday that Jameer Nelson would remain in the starting lineup following the All-Star break, with Emmanuel Mudiay leading the second unit. Jameer Nelson has taken over as the #Nuggets starting point guard, coach Michael Malone said.— Chris Dempsey (@chrisadempsey) February 22, 2017 Malone said he likes the chemistry that Nelson has gained with the starting 5...
numberFire Feb 22, 2017

Emmanuel Mudiay (back) will play Thursday - Emmanuel Mudiay | DEN

Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay will return to the lineup against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday. What It Means: Mudiay has missed the Nuggets' last six games (and 11 of their last 14), but he practiced in full on Tuesday and he won't likely have any limitations after getting a week off to recover during the All-Star break. He came off the bench in the three games he did play over those last 14, so Jameer Nelson may continue to start at point guard for Denver, even with Mudiay back. Our models project Mudiay for 12.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 28.4...
numberFire Feb 22, 2017

Emmanuel Mudiay (back) will play Thursday for Nuggets

Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay will return to the lineup against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday. What It Means: Mudiay has missed the Nuggets' last six games (and 11 of their last 14), but he practiced in full on Tuesday and isn't expected to have any limitations after getting a week off to recover during the All-Star break. He came off the bench in the three games he did play over those last 14, so Jameer Nelson may continue to start at point guard for Denver, even with Mudiay back. Our models project Mudiay for 12.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 28.4...
Denver Stiffs Feb 17, 2017
The Nuggets have decisions to make at point guard and shooting guard

The Nuggets have decisions to make at point guard and shooting guard

With so much young talent, the Nuggets must pick and choose which guys to keep. Flashes. Relapses. Migraines. Euphoria. The life of a young Denver Nuggets guard has been tumultuous this season. With the steadiness of Nikola Jokic and veteran contributors like Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, and Jameer Nelson, the variability of contribution the young guards have provided has been easy to spot. For a playoff contender, the most important thing after positive players is consistent contribution. The most important factor of whether a young player has “made it” in the NBA...
numberFire Feb 14, 2017

Nuggets' Jameer Nelson has a big game in blowout win over Golden State

Denver Nuggets point guard Jameer Nelson went 9-of-14 from the field on Monday, finishing with 23 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds in 34 minutes of action as the Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 132-110. What It Means: Nelson has been playing some big minutes with Emmanuel Mudiay (back) sidelined, and he is averaging 11.8 points, 7.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 34.0 minutes per game over his last five. Nelson finished fourth among Nuggets players with a 19.8 nERD in Monday's blowout win, per numberFire Live. Despite that strong showing, he still ranks only 426th in the...
numberFire Feb 13, 2017

Emmanuel Mudiay (back) not expected to play Monday for Denver

Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (back) said he's not expecting to play on Monday versus the Golden State Warriors. What It Means: Jameer Nelson has stepped up with strong play in Denver's first unit, so they can afford to play it safe. Jamal Murray will play backup point again if Mudiay sits. numberFire's models have Nelson down for 35.9 minutes on Monday night with Mudiay out, and we project him to record 12.2 points, 6.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.7 3-pointers. Source: Rotoworld.com
numberFire Feb 9, 2017

Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay says he won't play Friday

Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (back) said he he won't play on Friday against the New York Knicks. What It Means: "It's back spasms," Mudiay said about his injury. "It's my first time, that's why I don't know how to handle it." He's progressing in his rehab, but doesn't have a return date set. With Mudiay sidelined, Jameer Nelson becomes a solid short-term pickup and Jamal Murray could be worth a look in deeper formats. Mudiay's -5.8 nERD is tied for third-worst in the NBA this season. He's averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 3-pointers per...
Denver Stiffs Feb 9, 2017
Just pass the ball to Nikola Jokic

Just pass the ball to Nikola Jokic

Locked On Nuggets podcast In this episode of the Locked On Nuggets podcast, I share my thoughts on the loss to the Atlanta Hawks and the bad habit a few of the vets have of not playing through Nikola Jokic enough in the half court. Will Barton and Jameer Nelson in particular pounded the air out of the ball in this one. It was a frustrating way to lose but in the big scheme of things, the loss really wasn’t too surprising. Still, the Nuggets need to get a win against a good team or against some unfavorable odds at some point this season. It seems as thought they rarely get wins against...
numberFire Feb 8, 2017

Emmanuel Mudiay (back) missing another one for Denver

Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (back) will not play Wednesday versus the Atlanta Hawks. What It Means: Mudiay will now miss seven of the past 10 games, as well as two straight. Jameer Nelson will continue to operate in the first unit while Jamal Murray sees more minutes. Consider Mudiay questionable for the Nuggets' upcoming back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday. numberFire's models expect Nelson to record 10.1 points, 5.6 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 3-pointers on Wednesday night. Source: Rotoworld.com
numberFire Feb 7, 2017

Nuggets list Emmanuel Mudiay as questionable for Wednesday

Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. What It Means: Mudiay has missed six of the Nuggets' last 10 games and considering it's a back injury, rest is really the only cure. The Nuggets won't rush him back and if he can't go again on Wednesday, Jameer Nelson will get another start and Jamal Murray will have an expanded role. If he does play, our models expect Mudiay to post 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists over 28.7 minutes against the Hawks. Source: Rotoworld.com
numberFire Feb 6, 2017

Nuggets won't have Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried against Dallas

Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (back) and forward/center Kenneth Faried (personal) will not play on Monday versus the Dallas Mavericks. What It Means: Mudiay will likely miss additional time after he already missed five games in January due to his back. Jameer Nelson becomes an attractive fantasy option while Jamal Murray will also benefit. Consider Faried questionable for Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks. Our models project Nelson for 11.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.1 3-pointers on Monday night. Source: Rotoworld.com
numberFire Feb 6, 2017

Nuggets list Emmanuel Mudiay (back) as doubtful versus Dallas

Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is now doubtful for Monday's game versus the Dallas Mavericks. What It Means: Mudiay was downgraded from questionable, suggesting he re-aggravated the back injury that just sidelined him for five games. Jameer Nelson is in line for another start on Monday and Jamal Murray should also get a boost in minutes. Nelson has averaged 11.8 points, 5.4 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 3-pointers in 15 starts this season. If Mudiay does play, our models have him down for 10.6 points, 3.9 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 3-pointers in 25.3...
Pounding The Rock Feb 4, 2017
San Antonio vs. Denver, Final Score: Spurs cruise past Nuggets 121-97

San Antonio vs. Denver, Final Score: Spurs cruise past Nuggets 121-97

Vintage performances from Tony and Manu lead to an easy blowout for the Spurs. The Spurs played their final home game before the Rodeo Road Trip against a Denver Nuggets squad playing their fourth game in five nights. A couple of throwback performances from the remaining members of the Big 3 and a balanced scoring attack led to an easy win and sent the Spurs off in style. Both teams started the game shooting well, but Pop didn’t like his team’s transition defense and called a timeout after Jameer Nelson hit a three to give the Nuggets a 10-9 lead four minutes in. Nikola Jokic, who was...

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