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Gary Harris could be shut down until after All-Star Break, Nuggets coach says

Gary Harris could be shut down until after All-Star Break, Nuggets coach says
Published On: Mon, Feb 11
Mar 28, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris (14) dribbles the ball around Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (34) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Mavericks defeated the Nuggets 97-88. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Barring something bonkers, Michael Malone has a playoff team a€” theA Denver Nuggetsa€™ first postseason bunch since 2013 a€” on his hands. With the long view in mind, the Nuggetsa€™ coach admitted Sunday afternoon that hea€™s considering shutting guardA Gary HarrisA down until after the all-star break.

a€œKnowing that no one has said, a€˜Hea€™s out until after the all-star break,a€™ but I mean a€” in my mind, Ia€™m thinking that ita€™s probably the most prudent decision to make,a€ Malone said of the Nuggetsa€™ shooting guard, whoa€™s currently day to day with groin issues. a€œYou (think), a€˜Hey, leta€™s rush him back for Miami,a€™ and then a€¦a€

With the Nuggets staring at home contests up next against Miami (on Monday) and Sacramento (on Wednesday) before the All-Star Game in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, Malone said the temptation would be strong to rest Harris, who has battled hamstring and adductor problems in recent weeks, rather than risk long-term damage. Harris hasna€™t played this month and shot just .393 from the floor and averaged 11.3 points in January.

a€œGary Harris has had a very un-Gary-Harris-like season because of the injuries,a€ the coach said of the veteran off guard, who didna€™t fully participate in all facets of Sundaya€™s practice. a€œAnd because youa€™re in and youa€™re out, therea€™s no consistency.

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