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Thunder notebook: Time will help Denver heal

BY JOHN ROHDE Published: April 14, 2011

Four Denver's starters are battling injuries.

The good news for the Nuggets is they have as much time as possible to heal because their best-of-seven series against the Thunder is the last opening-round match to begin.

Game 1 is at 8:30 p.m. Sunday inside Oklahoma City Arena.

Health questions remained following Denver's film session Thursday.

Point guard Ty Lawson sprained his ankle early in the regular-season finale Wednesday night at Utah.

Guard Arron Afflalo continues treatment for a nagging hamstring that has caused him to miss 13 of the last 18 games.

Forward Danilo Gallinari (ankle) and center Nene' Hilario (adductor) also have missed starts.

Nuggets coach George Karl usually discusses his team's injuries openly, but said he will not be nearly as forthcoming during the postseason.

“If we can steal 15, 20 minutes of surprise by not talking about it, it has value in a playoff series,” Karl told the Denver Post on Thursday.

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