Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried out two games with sprained ankle

The Denver Nuggets and Kenneth Faried received good news yesterday, when an MRI determined that he had suffered a sprained ankle and not something more serious. As a result, Faried is expected to be sidelined for two games, the team has announced.

Following the injury, Faried vowed to be ready to return for the playoffs, and based on yesterday’s diagnosis he should be able to return to the court for the team’s first-round matchup. He sustained his injury early during Sunday’s contest against the Portland Trail Blazers and had to ultimately be helped off the court by teammates Quincy Miller and Anthony Randolph.

Faried has been an important member of Denver’s roster throughout the season, as he’s averaged 11.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. His energy fits well in the Nuggets’ system, and it appears they’ll have him back to start the playoffs.

The Nuggets had already lost forward Danilo Gallinari for the remainder of the season after he sustained a significant knee injury last week, and they recently got Ty Lawson – who’s battling plantar fasciitis – back.

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