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Denver’s Harrington tears meniscus in knee, season threatened

Apr 10, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

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Denver really doesn’t need this in the middle of their fight for a playoff spot.

During the Nuggets easy win Monday night Al Harrington tore the meniscus in his knee, reports the Denver Post. This happened during the third quarter, Harrington left the game and did not return.

Usually we’d say this is the end of the season, but the veteran big man wants to play through it, according to the Post.

Harrington, has, in fact already been playing with a torn meniscus, he said. He said he was injured “a couple of games ago.” Now, he said, both he and team doctors/trainers are exploring “a couple of different options” in terms of treatment. With just two weeks left until the playoffs, Harrington, who added he’s never played on a torn meniscus before, wants to continue to play.

“I’m going to stay in the race,” he said.

Even if he does play, his effectiveness will be limited.

And he has been effective this season, scoring 14.5 points and grabbing 6.2 rebounds per game. He has been stretching the floor shooting six threes a game (hitting just 32 percent, however) and getting buckets inside the arc as well. What more, he’s been a real veteran leader in the locker room and on the bench for a young Denver team. He would be missed if he could not play.

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