Kenneth Faried sprained his ankle early in Sunday's game against Portland and the news released Monday was encouraging.

X-rays were negative and the Nuggets announced Monday that Faried will miss the team's final two regular-season games at Milwaukee tonight and at home Wednesday against Phoenix. Faried said he plans to be back for the playoffs.

"I know I will be out there," Faried said on on the Nuggets website. "I don't care what's going on. If I can walk, I can play."

Faried sprained his ankle when he went in for a layup less than three minutes into Sunday's game, and he crumpled to the floor, covering his face.

He knows he's fortunate that the diagnosis wasn't worse—much worse.

"Extremely scared," he said of his reaction when he hurt his ankle. "I never felt a pain like that a day in my life."

Faried is averaging 11.5 points and a team-high 9.2 rebounds.

Portland was without three starters: LaMarcus Aldridge (right ankle), Wesley Matthews (right ankle) and Nicolas Batum (right shoulder), so coach Terry Stotts started four rookies.