If these turn out to be center Timofey Mozgov's last days with the Nuggets, he's going out with nothing but hard work and class.

Pressed into action because of the tibia injury to JaVale McGee, Mozgov has played substantial minutes, and the Nuggets won all three of those games.

Mozgov is among the most inquired-about Nuggets in calls to the team as the NBA's Feb. 21 trade deadline approaches. Mozgov is in the final year of his contract and will be a restricted free agent at season's end.

"It's great," Nuggets coach George Karl said of Mozgov's work ethic. "I know he can play in this league. I know he's a 20-minute player. I just don't have 20 minutes to give him. I feel bad for him. But in my opinion, the way we're rotating the team, it's been successful. "