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Nuggets’ Faried “hopeful” to be back for Game 1 Saturday

Apr 19, 2013, 2:33 AM EDT

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When Kenneth Faried went down with a sprained ankle last week it looked nasty. Like he’s going to be out for a while nasty. The good news was that the MRI didn’t find anything structurally wrong, but how fast could he really get back?

How about Saturday?

That’s what Faried is shooting for, the Nuggets announced on their official twitter account.

If not Game 1, it sounds like he could be back soon.

Which would be huge for the Nuggets. Faried is their leading rebounder and brings energy to the front line that makes Denver’s up-tempo style work much better. He is their energy guy.

If he is back — and if Ty Lawson is fully healthy — the Nuggets are a very dangerous team in these playoffs.

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