Confirming what they feared to be the case, the Denver Nuggets announced Friday afternoon that reserve guard Nate Robinson is lost for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.
Robinson underwent surgery Friday afternoon to repair the tear in Denver. Team GM/Executive VP of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced the news (from NBA.com):
It’s always tough to see one of your players go down with an injury. Nate is known for his heart and determination, so I have no doubt he will work hard to get back on the court as soon as possible. He has the full support of our team and organization.”
A team that once thrived on depth and a loaded bench that overwhelmed the opposing team’s reserves, the Nuggets find themselves pretty thin at the moment thanks to this news combined with injuries to Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee, not to mention the drama surrounding veteran guard Andre Miller.
Robinson was brought in to provide punch off the bench, something he did moderately well as he averaged 10.2 PPG this season. The Nuggets will be left searching for that production while relying on Ty Lawson and Evan Fournier to do the heavy lifting their back court.