George Karl told the media Friday that Nene will miss Friday’s game against the Washington Wizards and may even miss the New York Knicks game on Saturday.
Nene missed three games earlier this season due to a left heel strain and from the sounds of it Karl is just being precautionary due to this shortened season and also the pace of this road trip. With the Nuggets depth in the post the Denver Nuggets can be careful, Kosta Koufos will get the start in Nene’s place.
Before Friday’s game, Nene has been on a terror. He was averaging 17.4 points and 10.4 rebounds over four games, including recording double-doubles against two of the top teams in the league – Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat.
Koufos minutes have been mildly inconsistent. He has received DNP-CD in five games and has also started four games – including his first double-double (10 points and 11 rebounds) against the Sacramento Kings earlier this season.
Timofey Mozgov, who missed the last game due to a back injury, will play and start against the Wizards. And Rudy Fernandez will also try to give it ago after missing with an Achilles injury. He is a game-time decision.
The Nuggets have started the 5-game road trip with a 2-0 record, knocking off two formerly undefeated home teams – the Sixers and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Karl also talked Kenneth Faried Friday, not sure if it means he will play him but he did say some good things about the rookie big man.
Aaron Lopez tweeted that Karl said, “I know the fans want to see him but I think you’ll see him (get) some minutes this year. Kenneth is working himself into a good place.”