JaVale McGee diagnosed with stress fracture in left leg, out indefinitely

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The Nuggets have struggled their way to a 1-4 start to the season, and things just got worse with the loss of one of the team’s starting big men.

McGee logged just over 12 minutes during Denver’s loss in Phoenix on Friday, after which head coach Brian Shaw let his frustration be known with what he called a lack of energy from some of his core players.

After coming off the bench for all 79 of his appearances last year, McGee has started all five games this season. He’s averaging 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots in just 15.8 minutes per game.

Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports that Shaw says he will decide Monday whether he starts Timofey Mozgov or J.J. Hickson in McGee’s place.