Nov 1, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Kenneth Faried (35) reacts after drawing a foul in the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Pepsi Center. The Trail Blazers won 113-98. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
KUSA - With the idea of injecting a little spark into the starting lineup, Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw again will shuffle his forwards tonight against San Antonio (2-1).
Now nearly healed from a preseason hamstring injury, Kenneth Faried will replace offseason pickup J.J. Hickson, and Jordan Hamilton will go ahead of Anthony Randolph at small forward, where the Nuggets (0-2) remain thin. Faried has averaged just 20 minutes in the first two games.
"He has shown in these last few days of practice as well as the last game that he's there now," Shaw said this morning at the Pepsi Center. "He's basically reclaiming the position that he had."
Hickson is 8-of-23 shooting this season (2-of-13 in the season-opener) and leads the team in rebounding, and Randolph is just 3-of-8. The Nuggets still are without Wilson Chandler (hamstring) and Danilo Gallinari (offseason knee surgery) .
"It will help to have Kenneth in the starting lineup and to have his energy to start the game, as well as Hamilton hopefully spreading the floor for us and being able to give us a punch from the outside," Shaw said, "because we haven't been hitting our perimeter shots."
Denver will wrap up their 3-game home stint on Thursday against Atlanta, then head out for two on the road against Phoenix on Friday and Monday in Utah. The L.A. Lakers are in Denver Nov. 13.
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