Nick Young will likely make his long-awaited return against the new-look Denver Nuggets on Friday. Young, the Wizards’ leading scorer at 17.7 point per game, has missed the past five games with a bone bruise on the outside of his left knee, but Coach Flip Saunders said that he expects to bring him off the bench and give him limited minutes against the Nuggets.
Young went through all the drills in shootaround without complication and will be listed as probable. With Young out, Jordan Crawford has averaged 22 points, on just 39.8 percent shooting, while starting in place of Young the past five games. Crawford also had a career-high 10 assists in the Wizards’ 127-119 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and has averaged 4.8 assists as a starter.
The Nuggets have gone 11-4 since trading Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks at the deadline and are coming off a win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Although the Nuggets have been rolling without their former superstar, Denver Coach George Karl told the Denver Post that the Wizards are good enough to win on the road, despite their 1-33 record.
“Their last game (at the L.A. Clippers) they should have won,” Karl said. “The team that dominated us probably more than any other team we’ve played is the Clippers. So there is a little fear there. If they make a free throw or two down the stretch they win that game in L.A. They’ve got some young guys, they’ve given them a lot of opportunity. A lot of them you probably don’t know very well, so there’s probably going to be some surprises out there. And (John) Wall? He’s going to be an All-Star someday. He’ll get there.”