Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 4/14/13
The Denver Nuggets can clinch home-court advantage for a first-round playoff series with one more win. The team is hopeful Kenneth Faried will be ready to go come the postseason. One day after losing their leading rebounder to injury, the banged-up Nuggets try to regroup Monday night when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks. Faried's ankle buckled when he went in for a layup less than three minutes into Sunday's 118-109 win over Portland. Although X-rays were negative, George Karl stressed that he didn't want to guess about Faried's availability for the playoffs until after Monday's MRI. The Nuggets (55-25) tweeted this quote from Faried two hours after the game: "Extremely scared. I never felt a pain like that a day in my life." He also said he'd be ready for the playoffs: "I know I will be out there. If I can walk, I can play." The loss of Faried, who averages 11.5 points and 9.2 rebounds, would be a big loss for Denver, which is just getting over Danilo Gallinari's ACL injury. "We're dropping like flies, man," said Ty Lawson, who averages a team-high 16.6 points. "Well, it's not too serious, I heard, so he might be out for a week or so. He's a tough guy." One bright spot for the Nuggets is Lawson (right heel) returned to the starting lineup for the first time since March 27, and finished with 12 points and 10 assists in an encouraging 31 minutes. "I pushed off it actually going to the basket a couple of times," he said of the heel. "So I think I'm confident and just probably one or two more games I'll be back to regular." Andre Iguodala led the way Sunday with 28 points and rookie Evan Fournier and had a season-best 24 in his second start as the Nuggets set an NBA franchise record with their 55th win. "It's been a really good year for us," said Iguodala, who is averaging 19.0 points, 9.8 assists and 8.0 rebounds in his last four games. "But we don't want to get satisfied. We've still got work to do. We can't just settle for 55. We've got to try to get to 57." Especially with a chance to lock up the Western Conference's third seed. The Nuggets have a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis for third place, and own the tiebreaker over each team. Home court would be a significant advantage to Denver, which has a franchise-best 22-game home winning streak and is an NBA-best 37-3 at home. The Nuggets beat the Bucks 112-104 at home Feb. 4 for their fifth straight win in the series. Iguodala, Lawson and Corey Brewer each reached the 20-point mark, while 11-year veteran Samuel Dalembert scored a career-best 35 for Milwaukee. The Bucks (37-43) are headed to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, but little suggests they'll be able to get out of the first round. They're stumbling down the stretch with 11 losses in 14 games and will face top-seeded Miami in the playoffs. A discouraging 95-85 defeat to East-worst Charlotte on Saturday -- their fourth in a row -- also did little to boost their confidence. If there's any bit of good news for the Bucks, it's they hope to get Larry Sanders and Brandon Jennings back for the postseason. "We'll try to keep our guys fresh and keep them playing enough that they're feeling in a rhythm and ready to compete," coach Jim Boylan said. "I don't want to sit them out completely, but at the same time we want to be cautious." J.J. Redick had 12 points and was 2 of 11 from 3-point range Saturday. He has totaled 38 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the perimeter in two games versus Denver this season.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Paul George extremely critical of Pacers following trade deadline

Chris Bosh joining TNT as analyst

Cameron Payne will have chance to shine with Bulls

Danny Ainge opens up about why Celtics didn’t make a trade before deadline

Kevin Durant wants to be NBA GM or owner after playing career

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Mavericks discussing buyout with Deron Williams

T-Wolves reportedly backed away from Ricky Rubio-Derrick Rose trade

DeMarcus Cousins calls duo with Anthony Davis ‘Fire and Ice’

Reasons why 76ers got so little for Nerlens Noel emerge

John Lynch: 49ers ‘absolutely’ need to improve at QB position

Report: Raptors trade Jared Sullinger, two future picks to Suns for P.J. Tucker

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/23: Gillon's buzzer-beater blast for the win

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Box Score 2/22: Not everyone is happy with the new intentional walk rule

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win the MVP award

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker