The Denver Nuggets dropped Game 1 to the Phoenix Suns on Monday but have received a bit of good news ahead of Game 2. It was announced that Will Barton, who has been out since April 23, is expected to make his long-awaited return to the court.
Will Barton is expected to make his return to the lineup for tonight’s Nuggets-Suns Game 2.
He missed the last 20 games for the Nuggets with a hamstring injury. pic.twitter.com/JqBXIgRqAl
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 9, 2021
The good news keeps coming for the Nuggets, as center Nikola Jokic was announced as the NBA MVP on Tuesday. Barton’s return would be a welcome sign for the Nuggets, who have also been without star point guard Jamal Murray after he suffered a season-ending injury.
Barton was having a solid year before the injury, as he averaged 12.7 points with four boards and 3.2 assists. Truth be told, the Nuggets could definitely use some more ball handlers and the Suns pose some serious troubles for Denver.
Austin Rivers, who was originally signed to a 10-day contract, has been thrown into the starting lineup. Facundo Campazzo, in his first NBA season, has been forced to play heavy minutes against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round and now against Devin Booker and Chris Paul as the Suns are hot off of a series victory against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The stakes are high, and the timing is perfect for Barton to return to action as the Nuggets have lacked play-making outside of Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. Hopefully, Barton can return and play big minutes while providing a spark for a Nuggets team who has faced a fair amount of injuries on the season.
So, the addition of Barton should provide a huge boost to the Nuggets as they try and avoid an 0-2 deficit with Game 2 on Wednesday night. The Nuggets will head to Denver for the next two games and finding a way to even the series would be terrific.