It wasn't the best of news on the Denver Nuggets injury front today as Will Barton III (right hamstring strain) and PJ Dozier (right adductor strain) have already been ruled out for Game 1 Saturday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Will Barton III (right hamstring strain) and PJ Dozier (right adductor strain) have already been ruled OUT for a Game 1— Brandon Ewing (@B_Skip1717) May 21, 2021
Austin Rivers has been added to the injury report and is listed as QUESTIONABLE with a non-covid related illness
When Michael Malone spoke at practice yesterday he said Barton was able to do parts of practice over the past couple of days and that he’s closer to returning than Dozier. To make matters worse, Austin Rivers was added to the injury report and is questionable for Game 1 with a non-covid related illness.
Michael Malone said he’s not sure whether Will Barton III will be available on Saturday night but that’s he’s inching closer:— Brandon Ewing (@B_Skip1717) May 20, 2021
“I think Will is definitely closer than PJ.”
“I think PJ is still a ways out.”
Malone said Barton was able to do parts of practice today and yesterday.
The positive there is Rivers does not have COVID and hopefully he will be able to give the Nuggets at least some minutes on Saturday night. Denver is already hurting on the injury front and losing another guard would make defending Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum that much harder.
Malone will speak with the media before the game tomorrow when hopefully we can learn a little more information on the status of Barton, Dozier, and Rivers.