Denver’s Will Barton on mend after surgery to fix hip muscle injury

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DENVER (AP) — Nuggets forward Will Barton is starting to take a few shots as he recovers from surgery to fix core and hip muscle injuries.

There is no timetable for his return, although reports at the time of his injury and surgery suggested he would be healthy around Thanksgiving or a little after. Barton said Friday he’s “getting stronger every day.”

The 27-year-old Barton was carted off the floor on Oct. 20 against Phoenix after he said he felt something pop when he took off for the basket. He had surgery days later.

Barton’s rehab work has focused on strengthening his core. He said he’s been working out near the Nuggets to feel like a part of the team. He said there are “tough days for me so sometimes I need to be around them laughing and joking and taking my mind off the exact injury.”