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- The Nuggets will be without forward Wilson Chandler for the fifth straight game because of a left groin strain. Chandler has not been shut down for the season, but with the team eliminated from the playoffs and having only eight games left after tonight, chances are he won’t play again this year. Chandler has struggled with groin and hip issues all season. Quincy Miller will again start in place of Chandler.
- The Grizzlies are fighting for one of the last playoff seeds in the Western Conference a year after making it to the conference finals. They have lost two straight and are in ninth in the West with nine games left. This is the second time they are playing in Denver, and in both cases it’s on the second game of a back-to-back. Memphis lost in Portland on Sunday. “It’s just a back-to-back and we need a win,” Memphis coach David Joerger said. “It doesn’t matter where or who, or where we are on the road, it just makes it a little more difficult having to be here with their style of play.”
- The Nuggets won’t be in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years but coach Brian Shaw is making sure his team plays hard until the end. “We’ve talked about staying focused because the easy thing to do now is let go of the rope,” he said. “I reminded them we get paid to play all 82 games and we have nine games left. We still have to come to work for the rest of the season but we need to continue to keep getting better and make the most of the season.”
- Memphis might rely heavily on power forward Zach Randolph against Denver. Randolph leads the team in points (17.4) and rebounds (10.1) and will be matched up with Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, who is giving up 30 points against the low-post player.
– Michael Kelly