Posted: Sunday April 14, 2013 5:56 PM

Faried sprains left ankle against Portland

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font

DENVER (AP) - Kenneth Faried left Denver's game against Portland after spraining his left ankle in the opening minutes Sunday.

X-rays were negative and the Nuggets said he's day to day.

Faried's ankle buckled when he went in for a layup less than three minutes into the game, and he crumpled to the floor, covering his face. He needed his teammates' help as he gingerly walked off.

The scene was similar to 10 days earlier when Danilo Gallinari blew out his left knee driving for a layup against Dallas.

Faried was averaging 11.7 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds coming into the game.

Portland was without three starters: LaMarcus Aldridge (right ankle), Wesley Matthews (right ankle) and Nicolas Batum (right shoulder), so coach Terry Stotts started four rookies.

 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs Chris Johnson Jameis Winston NFL Draft Michael Sam Aldon Smith
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines, your California privacy rights, and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint