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Carmelo Anthony to return to Nuggets Thursday

Dec 28, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony missed a fourth game Tuesday night following the death of his sister, but the Nuggets announced that he will return to the team Thursday.

Mark Spears of Yahoo was first with the news on twitter. The Nuggets had lost three in a row without Anthony coming into Tuesday (they had an 18 point lead in the fourth quarter over Portland as of this post). They have one more game on Wednesday against the Timberwolves without Anthony. He will take part in practices and will return to the lineup Saturday against the Kings.

The Nuggets gave Anthony the leave after the family tragedy and also suspended trade talks for him while he was away from the team.

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