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- The Nuggets will be shorthanded for Wednesday’s opener at Philadelphia. Denver will be missing F Danilo Gallinari (left ankle sprain) and C Timofey Mozgov (left knee strain). Gallinari participated in the shootaround but couldn’t cut comfortably. Mozgov suffered his injury in practice Tuesday when another player fell into his knee.
- It was a reunion of sorts for Nuggets G-F Andre Iguodala, who played the first eight seasons in the NBA with the Sixers.
- Nuggets coach George Karl has been thoroughly impressed with Iguodala. “He’s a solid, excellent player,” Karl said. “He makes good decisions, plays both ends of the court. He’s very professional.”
- Denver has won six of the last nine meetings against the Sixers in Philadelphia.
- Nuggets PG Ty Lawson signed a four-year, $48 million extension and it was money well spent, according to veteran Andre Miller. “Ty is a great player and works to get better every day,” Miller said. “He’s going to be a great point guard in this league for a long time. He’s so coachable and does all the little things. It’s great being his teammate.”
- Karl, on Lawson: “Ty is one of the up-and-coming point guards in our league. He’s our motor.”
- The Sixers are without C Andrew Bynum (bone bruise, right knee) and backup C Kwame Brown is a game-time decision with a left calf strain. There is no immediate timetable on Bynum’s return. “Andrew is a great, great player and I’m sure the organization is taking its time to make sure he’s ready,” Sixers F Thaddeus Young said. “When Andrew comes back, we will be much bigger. He’s one of the best centers in the league and we’re thrilled to have him.”
- The Sixers finished the preseason at 6-1, the best winning percentage in the league. It was Philadelphia’s best preseason since going 7-1 in 1978.
- Sixers coach Doug Collins, on whether his team is prepared for the regular season: “We think we had a productive preseason. We think our guys are all ready.”
– Andy Jasner