Posted by Royce Young
UPDATE: The Nuggets announced Timofey Mozgov out 10 to 14 weeks with Grade 1 MCL sprain in his left knee and a Grade 2 deltoid ligament sprain in left ankle.
Late in the first quarter of Oklahoma City and Denver's big Western Conference showdown, Nick Collison drew a charge from Kenyon Martin and fell into center Timofey Mozgov's right knee.
At first glance, it looks pretty serious. He's unlikely return to the game and the team says he will be evaluated after. Initially, it's being called a knee and ankle sprain.
If he's injured seriously, it's a pretty big blow to the Nuggets. Here's why: Against the Thunder, Kosta Koufos was seeing important minutes against Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins. That should sort of say it all.
Denver is already a bit thin inside behind Nene and Kenyon Martin, so if Mozgov is out, that would give the Thunder an even bigger edge in the paint. And with the two teams on a crash course to play each other in the opening round, not having the big Russian could be a pretty large blow.