Nuggets coach George Karl said Kenneth Faried won't start in Saturday's Game 1 against the Warriors, and it sounds as though a sprained left ankle might keep the power forward out of the game, altogether.
"Hopefully, I can bounce back, but I don't know about" Saturday, Faried said after Friday's practice. "When I do come back and play, I'll be 100 percent, hopefully. I'm not making any promises. The plan is to come in and be with my teammates, and even if I'm not playing, I'll bring energy on the bench for my teammates."
Faried is a 6-foot-8, 228-pound bundle of infectious energy. He tallied 43 double-doubles, averaging 11.5 points on 55.2 percent shooting and 9.2 rebounds, before missing the final two games of the regular season.
Wilson Chandler moved into the starting lineup when Danilo Gallinari was lost for the season April 4 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Chandler shifted to power forward when Faried went down, and rookie Evan Fournier entered the starting unit with three games to play.