Nuggets' Paul Millsap needs wrist surgery, could miss 3 months

Nuggets' Paul Millsap needs wrist surgery, could miss 3 months

Javier Howell
November 23, 2017

That means the Denver Nuggets' starting power forward did not break - or fracture - anything around his wrist, which is a huge step towards getting Millsap back on the hardwood. "And now that he's had some time to mesh with Nikola Jokic, most of the Nuggets' worst line-up combinations with over 10 minutes played don't involve either one".

He was already getting plenty of run (30.9 minutes per game this season), but his usage now ranks him 43rd among small forwards, a rate that has plenty of room for growth. The five-man combination of Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler, Millsap and Jokic was outscoring opponents by 12 points per 100 possessions. Which players will see their values rise the most in his absence? Along with Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Jamal Murray, Millsap helped form a balanced offensive attack under head coach Mike Malone that now ranks No. 8 in the National Basketball Association in points per game.

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James Harden finished second in MVP voting last season and is playing like he wants to win it this year. X-rays came back negative, but Millsap missed Monday's contest before deciding to go under the knife. Chris Paul is back in Houston's starting lineup after being sidelined with a bruised knee. Harden is averaging 31.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 9.9 assists.

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