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Video: Mozgov injures knee against Thunder

Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:08 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 4:55 pm
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.
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Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: April 6, 2011 5:22 pm

Best Team In Basketball?

Made a claim in my previous comment that the nuggets are the best team in the NBA.

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: April 6, 2011 5:13 pm

Video: Mozgov injures knee against Thunder

This could be huge.
Mozgov has a lot of potential. Anytime you have a guy who is 7ft+ who can run the floor and even shoot it's good.
I think the Nuggets are on the path to winning a title... yes I said that. Having some size that can neutralize Lakers bigs for instance was huge advantage.
OKC poses some of the nuggets biggest matchup issues this season though, Durant can break down their D better than say, Kobe, because of his height, so putting a Wilson Chandler on him might not be as effective. Perkins in OKC also provides some size to break down the nuggets inside. 
Denver has what it takes to win it all but ironically OKC poses perhaps their biggest threat in the first round. Losing the 7 foot Russian? Big deal. No wonder they held out for him in the 'melo trade.

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