Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said starting power forward Kenneth Faried will not play in Friday night's game against the Pelicans at New Orleans Arena.
Faried, 6 feet 8, has missed the past two games with a sprained left ankle, and his status was day-to-day. He averages 9.8 points per game and 8.0 rebounds, but is known for his athleticism and activity rebounding and on fast breaks.
“He's out,” Shaw said after the Nuggets' shoot-around Friday morning at the Arena. “He came out and tried to go through some things and still had some pain associated with it.”
Shaw said Timofey Mozgov, 6-11, will start at center, and undersized center J.J. Hickson, 6-9, will slide over into Faried's spot.
Shaw has not ruled out Faried for Saturday's game at Memphis, he said.
Shaw also made another lineup change, replacing starting guard Randy Foye, 6-4, with 6-8 guard/forward Jordan Hamilton. Foye has shot 9-of-40 (22.5 percent) in his past five games. He went 0-of-12 in his past two games.
Hamilton, who came to Denver in a draft-night trade with Portland, has been a surprising find for the Nuggets. He has averaged 5.7 rebounds and 1.86 steals the past seven games. The Nuggets have been allowing an increased number of offensive rebounds to opposing guards of late.
“(Hamilton in the lineup) gives us a little bit more flexibility in terms of size,” Shaw said. “Starting out, he has been rebounding the ball well for the amount of minutes he has been in. So, hopefully, that will alleviate the problem of a lot of second shots that we've been giving up.
“And, when you have a (Pelicans forward) Ryan Anderson, he can switch on to him and kill a lot of that (3-point shooting) action.”