Raymond Felton added to list of injured Nuggets?

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: April 15, 2011
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The Denver Nuggets' injury list might have grown during Friday's practice when reserve guard Raymond Felton was said to have twisted an ankle.

The severity of the injury was not known. Felton did not meet with reporters afterward.


The Nuggets continue to limp their way into the opening round of the playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The best-of-seven series begins Sunday at 8:30 p.m. inside Oklahoma City Arena.

Depending on his status, Felton could join a healthy list of unhealthy teammates:

* Starting point guard Ty Lawson sprained his left ankle in Wednesday's regular-season finale and did not practice Friday, but said he expects to start Game 1.

* Starting guard Arron Afflalo continues to recover from a nagging hamstring injury that saw him miss 13 of the last 18 games. Afflalo said he intends to play in the series, even if he's not 100 percent.

* Starting center Nene was held out of Friday's practice and continues to recover from a groin injury.

* Starting forward Danilo Gallinari has a lingering ankle injury that keeps him out of practice, but he will be in the starting lineup.

* Reserve center Timofey Mozgov (ankle and knee) will not play Sunday and is targeting Game 2 on Wednesday.

Reserve forward Chris Andersen recently returned from an ankle injury and has played well.

Adding to the intrigue, a normally chatty George Karl is being more secretive about his team's injuries, leading many to speculate the Denver coach is simply trying to give the Northwest Division champions something to think about.

“If we can steal 15, 20 minutes or surprise by not talking about it, it has value in a playoff series,” Karl said.

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