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Apr 14, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) leaves the court after being injured during the first half against thePortland Trailblazers at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried hoping for Game 1 return

Apr 10, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (center), forward Anthony Rudolph (right), and guard Ty Lawson (left) celebrate from the bench during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 96-86. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

When the Nuggets lost Danilo Gallinari after he tore his ACL and Kenneth Faried, who went down with a sprained ankle injury, the once fearful Denver Nuggets, who were one of the favourites to come out of the western conference victorious, looked like a weak team all over again.

While the MRI didn’t show anything structurally broken, a sprained ankle injury is still serious. Faried however is going to try to fight though it and is attempting to come back as early as game one against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, the team announced via their official twitter account.

Come back less than week from an ankle injury is incredible. I remember when I was out two weeks with a sprained ankle. If Faried doesn’t come back from game one, he’s sure to come back soon. And he’ll need to if the Nuggets want to have a chance to advance in the playoffs and defeated a fierce Mark Jackson-coached Warriors team.

Even if Faried is on a minutes limit during the playoffs, his energy alone will contribute a much-needed energy boast, per say to the team. If however he doesn’t come back soon, the team will be missing their leading rebounder.

When Faried and Ty Lawson come back fully healthy, 100%, they will once again be the dangerous, fearsome team they were known for in these upcoming NBA playoff games.

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