Report: Nuggets guard Gary Harris out 4-6 weeks with partially torn groin muscle

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Gary Harris has become part of the young core in Denver, a “3&D” two guard who often gets assigned top point guards go stop. He proved his value on both ends of the court last season for coach Mike Malone.

Now the Nuggets are going to be without him to start the season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Groin muscles can be slow to heal and tricky — it’s easy to think things are good and push through a little pain, only to re-injure the same muscle. The Nuggets need to be cautious and make sure he’s 100 percent before returning.

Harris being out is a blow to the Nuggets, who likely will use some combination of Will Barton and rookies Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley to fill in for Harris. That’s going to be a step back on the defensive end of the court.