Head coach Michael Malone announced on Tuesday that Gary Harris is suffering from a right mid-foot sprain which may take him out of action for possibly a month. This is Harris’ second injury on the season as he missed the first four games due to a sore groin.
The injury took place with approximately three minutes left in the third quarter after being fouled. Harris made the two free throws and went into the locker room immediately. He eventually returned in the fourth quarter and played. The next morning he saw his ankle had swollen overnight.
Harris is averaging 10.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 22.8 minutes per game. He could be a bigger contributor to the scoring department, but needs to develop his shot first.
Harris has developed into his own, and these injuries are going to halt the growth he is making. His three-point shooting and defense are some of the qualities that Denver will miss him. Harris is shooting (30.8 percent), he shot 35.4 percent from three last season.
The Denver Nuggets need all the position players they can get as they have a 4-8 record and 2 ½ games out of a playoff spot. With Will Barton (ankle) also with an uncertain return date, Jamal Murray should be logging major minutes moving forward. Also, look for Jameer Nelson to contribute more heavily as well.
In the last three games missed Murray has played 67 minutes and scored 33 points with eight rebounds and four assists including seven turnovers. As for Murray, in 104 minutes he has 29 points, five rebounds, nine assists, and six turnovers.
C.J. Miles sustained his injury Friday in the first quarter. He slipped and fell hard onto the court, has been ruled out for Sunday’s game. When he slid, Miles clutched his left knee and screamed for Thaddeus Young.
“I was actually near the play when it happened,” Young said. “I saw him throw the ball, and I kind of just let the ball go and try to grab him to make sure he was OK. At that point, you don’t want to see a guy go down where it’s a major concern like a knee injury and it could be season-ending. Right now, he’s walking around and he seems to be pretty good, so hopefully we can get him back on the court sooner than later. We definitely need bodies and guys like C.J. I’m just happy that it wasn’t a major issue.”
How major it is, we just don’t yet as he had an MRI on Saturday and the results are unknown at this point. Miles isn’t the only Pacer dealing with an injury as both Paul George and center Kevin Seraphin are out too. In other additional complicated situations, Indiana is closely monitoring Rodney Stuckey coming off his injury.
To makes matter worse, the Pacers, their upcoming slate of games will not provide any relief. After their game against the Thunder, the Pacers will host the Golden State Warriors on Monday. The Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers
C.J. is Indiana’s fourth-leading scorer with 14.4 points while shooting 50% from the field and 48.4% from 3-point range.