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.