Saturday, April 20, 2013

Will Kenneth Faried Be Healthy For The NBA Playoffs?

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried was carried off the court Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers
after rolling his ankle during a shot attempt during the first quarter of the Nuggets' 118-109 win. He hit the ground the a deafening scream.
X-rays were negative and the team has listed him day-to-day with a left ankle sprain. Faried had an MRI Monday which revealed damage to his anterior talofibular ligament.
Faried expects to play in the postseason, telling Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post that "I'm going to play." With that said, Faried would need to be at 100 percent. He is the team's leading rebounder, has started all 80 games during the 2012-2013 season, and is their third leading shot blocker. Faried averages 28.1 minutes per game, with 11.5 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game, eighth in the NBA in both rebounds per game and offensive rebounds per game.
But Nuggets fans will tell you it's not the number of rebounds Faried gets, it's how it gets them. Faried is an aggressive player who loves crashing into the boards with abandon. He flies through the air but also plays physical basketball and runs the floor in transition.
The Nuggets are also one of the best offensive teams this season, averaging 105.9 points per game, but are also one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, allowing 101 points per contest.
So will Faried be ready for the beginning of the playoffs? We'll see, but he's pretty determined to play.
Reference: Bleacher Report
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