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Nuggets center JaVale McGee out indefinitely with stress fracture in leg

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Yesterday Jeff Morton wrote about wanting the team to find a consistent rotation and then injuries happen ...

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The Nuggets announced that center JaVale McGee is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his left tibia. The X-ray done this morning revealed the injury, according to Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Nuggets&amp;src=hash">#Nuggets</a> C JaVale McGee has a stress fracture in his left tibia. He will be out indefinitely pending further evaluation.</p>&mdash; Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) <a href="https://twitter.com/denvernuggets/statuses/399632265442906112">November 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>X-rays this morning revealed McGee&#39;s injury <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Nuggets&amp;src=hash">#Nuggets</a></p>&mdash; Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) <a href="https://twitter.com/dempseypost/statuses/399632493826940929">November 10, 2013</a></blockquote>

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How long will McGee be out? The Nuggets are not sure as of yet, but take this snippet from AAFP.org:

Depending on the injury, healing time for stress fractures can vary from four to 12 weeks or longer from the time activity is restricted. Initial treatment should include reducing activity to the level of pain-free functioning. Treatment should begin as soon as the injury is suspected, because delayed treatment has been correlated with prolonged return to activity.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2013 - JaVale McGee 5 15.8 3.4 7.8 43.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 100.0 2.0 1.4 3.4 0.4 1.6 0.2 1.4 3.2 7.0


We'll see how long McGee is out, but Timofey Mozgov is the likely man to take his place in the starting lineup with Darrell Arthur likely to see increased minutes at the center spot along with J.J. Hickson. McGee is averaging just 7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game this season for the Nuggets in what has been a disappointing start for him.

Just what the Nuggets didn't need, more injuries.


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