The Denver Nuggets welcome back Kenneth Faried with open arms in the Mile High City as they look to take a 2-0 lead over the Golden State Warriors in the quarterfinals of the NBA playoffs. Faried back in the lineup will surely help the team rebound more solidly, and his intensity will help set the pace to hopefully pull away from Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors heading to Oakland for game three on Friday.
With Ty Lawson back in the lineup and Faried set to get some playing time off the bench in game two, the Nuggets are finally getting back to having an almost completely healthy team. Danilo Gallinari‘s presence will continue to be missed, but the team must win without him and they have been with subs and reserves contributing effectively.
The Nuggets are looking to win their 25th straight at the Pepsi Center, running back into the regular season. Andre Miller helped his team squeak out a narrow victory in game one of the series, while the rest of the team struggled offensively. Faried will give the Nuggets the spark they need to show dominance on their home floor and score easier baskets.
Faried said he was sad to hear about the injury of David Lee and is disappointed he won’t be able to face him. He’s now going to miss the opportunity to face an All-Star forward and maybe prove some worth of his own. Wilson Chandler will most likely start for Faried, and he will come off the bench to test out his ankle. Faried is anxious to finally get back and help his team try to go far in the postseason, but it’s important he doesn’t try and push himself to the point of re-injury.
With Lee out for the Warriors, very few are giving them a chance to escape the Nuggets. Denver must play their game, and every player must continue to contribute whether offensively or defensively. Miller was the player to step up last game, who will it be in game two? Even better would be a collaborative effort from Coach George Karl‘s whole team.
Win games at home and the Nuggets are guaranteed a trip to the semifinals. With key players returning from injury, the Nuggets are looking to find their stride once again and keep winning games.