Har­ris could be shut down un­til af­ter break

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Sean Keeler

Bar­ring some­thing bonkers, Michael Malone has a play­off team — the Nuggets’ first post­sea­son bunch since 2013 — on his hands. With the long view in mind, the Nuggets’ coach ad­mit­ted Sun­day that he’s con­sid­er­ing shut­ting guard Gary Har­ris down un­til af­ter the all-star break.

“Know­ing that no one has said, ‘He’s out un­til af­ter the all-star break,’ but I mean — in my mind, I’m think­ing that it’s prob­a­bly the most pru­dent de­ci­sion to make,” Malone said of the Nuggets’ shoot­ing guard, who’s cur­rently day to day with groin is­sues. “You (think), ‘Hey, let’s rush him back for Mi­ami,’ and then …”

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 hasn’t played this month and shot just .393 from the floor and av­er­aged 11.3 points in Jan­uary.

“Gary Har­ris has had a very un-Gary-Har­ris-like sea­son be­cause of the in­juries,” the

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