Nuggets’ Gary Harris, Paul Millsap expected to start vs. Rockets
Denver Nuggets teammates Gary Harris and Paul Millsap are expected to start in Monday night’s road game against the Houston Rockets, according to Harrison Wind of BSNDenver:
Just touched down in Houston where Denver hasn’t won since Oct, 2015 — Emmanuel Mudiay’s Nuggets debut. Denver has lost 8-straight to the Rockets overall but have won 16 of 20 and both Paul Millsap and Gary Harris are expected to return to the starting lineup tonight. pic.twitter.com/v9BsiWuuyQ
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) January 7, 2019
Millsap, now 33 years of age, has been dealing with a broken toe in recent weeks. He missed eight games due to the ailment. The toe is still broken, but he’s playing through it.
“It’s still broke, but it doesn’t really bother me at all,” Millsap told The Denver Post after Saturday’s 123-110 win against the Charlotte Hornets. “Tape it up, and I just get out there and play.”
Millsap logged 27 minutes in Saturday’s game, scoring 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field (1-of-3 from beyond the arc), six rebounds, four assists and four steals. Harris, on the other hand, finished with a plus-minus of plus-23, racking up 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting (3-of-8 from downtown), six rebounds, five assists and one steal in 26 minutes.
Nuggets head coach Mike Malone liked what he saw from Millsap and Harris in Saturday’s win, noting that they’re ready to re-assume their starting roles.
“It’s good to be healthy. It’s good to be whole,” Malone told ESPN. “Both (Millsap and Harris) showed they’re ready to take their starting jobs back. Me bringing them off the bench was trying to get them back into a game rhythm.”
If Malone chooses to re-insert Millsap and Harris into the starting lineup (and it sounds like he will), Torrey Craig and Mason Plumlee will likely be relegated to reserve roles.
The Nuggets (26-11 and first in the Northwest Division standings) have won five straight. They’ll be looking to keep their momentum rolling against the Rockets. Tip-off for Monday night’s game is scheduled for 8:00 p.m ET.
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