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Rookie Fournier to start for Denver, Faried not likely to play

Apr 20, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

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This is how deep the Denver Nuggets are — they’ve been hiding rookie Evan Fournier on their bench all season. He only got in sporadically during the season as the rookie worked on his game and getting stronger and used to the NBA speed (things he talked about needing to do back at Summer League).

Then they called on him when injuries mounted and in the last 10 games he’s averaged 11.1 points a game on 51.2 percent shooting. He’s got range, having hit 40.7 percent of his threes this year. The 6’6” swingman out of France has been a big boost.

So the Nuggets are going to start him in Game 1 against the Warriors Saturday reports the Denver Post.

Not starting is Kenneth Faried, and he may not play due to his sprained ankle. It’s officially a game-time call but GM Masai Ujir told the Denver Post it’s unlikely.

This is going to be a fun, up-and-down series. And if you haven’t seen Fournier play, you’re going to like his game. He will fit in seamlessly for the Nuggets.

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