Nuggets’ Will Barton improving, now week-to-week

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Gary Harris is missing time with a strained hip. Isaiah Thomas is still recovering from off-season surgery and is not ready to return to the court. There is no timeline for rookie Michael Porter Jr.‘s return to the court following back surgery. Things are getting a little thin on the Nuggets’ bench.

Which is why this is good news: Will Barton is improving following groin surgery for an injury in the third game of the season. He’s now week-to-week.

Back in the third game of the season, against Phoenix, Barton went up for a relatively uncontested reverse layup, but as soon as he lands grabbed his hip and fell to the floor in obvious pain. He had surgery on his Adductor muscle and was expected to miss 5-6 weeks. Here we are six weeks later, and he’s improved but may need more time.

His return would be a big boost for a Nuggets team already playing well.

Barton was the starting three and he’s been missed. Barton averaged 16.5 points and five rebounds a night in 27 minutes per game through the first three, and he was knocking down threes. Juancho Hernangomez and has stepped up and played well in Barton’s absence — Denver has won seven in a row and may be the hottest team in the NBA — but they could use Barton’s game, and the roster depth.