No fracture, just sprain for Nuggets’ Faried. He’s out at least two games.


This is good news, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to see Kenneth Faried back on the court soon.

It looked a lot worse, but the MRI did not find broken bones, the Nuggets announced.

Don’t be surprised if he misses a lot more than that — like much of the first round of the playoffs. That looked like a pretty severe sprain.

And Faried will be missed — he averages 11.2 points a game and is the team’s best rebounder, averaging 9.2 a game (he pulls down 18.4 percent of the available rebounds when he is on the court). Denver is a team that beats you with relentless energy and athleticism, and Faried is a big part of that.

The Nuggets are fighting for the three seed in the West, but that playoff spot is tenuous. If Denver can beat Milwaukee on Monday night they secure home court in the first round (where they are 37-3) but they are trying to hold off the Clippers and Grizzlies to get the three seed and likely Houston (maybe Golden State) in the first round. With a banged up roster (no Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson coming off an injury) getting out of the first round could be challenging.