What a night it was in Toronto on Monday night! It was a showdown at Scotiabank Arena between the top team in the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets and the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors. Coming into this game, each team was riding a win streak, as Toronto was in the middle of a magnificent 8 game winning streak and Denver had won 5 straight. The outcome of the game would later on go in Denver’s favour, as the Nuggets came out with a well fought 106-103 victory up north.
After a win like that, it sure boosts the Nuggets confidence a bunch. However, other than the impressive win led by centre Nikola Jokic, there was some disappointing news surrounding Nuggets guard, Gary Harris’s hip.
Towards the end of the first quarter, and with only nine minutes of playing time, Nuggets point guard, Gary Harris was sent to the visiting locker room with an injury. The Nuggets Twitter page tweeted right after his injury, saying: ‘Gary Harris is out with a right hip injury. Will not return.’
Despite the big win for Denver, this short tweet was very concerning news for Nuggets fans, as Harris has been quite a contributor in Denver’s success lately. At the age of just 24, and in his fifth season in the league, Harris is averaging 17.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, and 3.0 APG.
There is no word on when Harris will be returning, but there will be more information regarding his injury status later on. Right now, in order to win games, the Nuggets have to focus on playing smoothly without Harris. Denver needs to be careful to not let off any slack, meaning that they should look past this injury, and use the pieces that they’ve got to win basketball games. The return of Harris will come later on, so it’ll be up to players like Murray and Jokic to step up their games.