Nuggets receive good news about Paul Millsap's left wrist injury

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Denver Nuggets forward/center Paul Millsap has been diagnosed with an injury to a ligament in his left wrist and he's now evaluating all of his treatment options.

Millsap picked up the injury in the second quarter of Denver's 127-109 defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. Initial X-rays returned clean, but Millsap had further tests over the past two days that confirmed the need for surgery, league sources said.

Millsap is averaging 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 16 games this season, his first with the Nuggets. Angered by a no-call, Malone was tossed for blocking official Rodney Mott, an action he was later suspended one game for.

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Michael Malone discussed the possibility of taking either Faried or Plumlee out of the Nuggets' big-man rotation about a week ago, stressing "if I wanted to keep people happy, I'd sell ice cream". With the game slipping away, Millsap effectively took himself out as a precaution. In Millsap's absence Monday, Kenneth Faried drew the start and played 19 minutes.

Losing Millsap for a serious amount of time will really hurt the Nuggets, who are off to a surprising 10-7 start to the season.

This is a Nuggets team that has become both interesting and fun to watch. Millsap is a huge loss, with the team losing his scoring and impact on the court. He and the Nuggets were figuring out how to play together.