Team RankingPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Northwest Division104.4 (4th)106.5 (5th)
Western Conference9th13th

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--The Nuggets have enough depth now that they can be very cautious with injured players.

The latest player to take a seat was swingman Wilson Chandler, who sat out Friday's 114-94 win over Washington due to a sprained left ankle.

"I think it's more precautionary," coach George Karl said. "He could have played. But we have an opportunity to rest his foot for five or six days. It's sore."

After facing the Wizards, the Nuggets don't play again until Wednesday against Sacramento. They hope to have Chandler back then.

Also sitting out Friday was guard Arron Afflalo, who missed his third consecutive game due to a strained left hamstring. The Nuggets also are being cautious with Afflalo, who hopes to return Wednesday, too.

The Nuggets have a lot more depth after making the blockbuster Feb. 22 trade in which star forward Carmelo Anthony went to New York. That and the fact the Wizards are the NBA's worst road team made it an easy decision to get Chandler some rest.

"He's had some surgeries," Karl said of Chandler's left ankle. "It's given him some soreness once in a while."

--Washington coach Flip Saunders loves the depth Denver gained after its Feb. 22 trade. But he does caution that depth might not be as important in the postseason.

"The big thing is, are they going to be able to play all those guys in the playoffs?" Saunders said before his Wizards were trounced 114-94 at Denver on Friday. "Because in the playoffs depth doesn't enter in as much. There are days off in between, especially in the first series. There are two or three days off (between games)."

Nevertheless, Saunders admires what the Nuggets were able to get in the trade in which Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups went to New York. The three key players the Nuggets received from the Knicks were guard Raymond Felton and forwards Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari.

"Not to take anything away from Carmelo, but he's a great one-on-one player," Saunders said. "So when he's on your team, you've got to get him the ball and let him go at times. Now, those other guys have kind of been unleashed a little bit as far as how they've gone about playing. They play with a great amount of confidence, and what's happened is that trade gave them so much depth."

Yes, Saunders wonders what will happen in the playoffs. But otherwise he believes the Nuggets did as well as they could have in the deal.

"From a bad situation ... they've done a great job," he said.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I hope they don't notice. I like being a sleeper team. I like coming out of nowhere and just collecting W's. A lot of people don't expect much out of us, and I'm fine with that." -- Nuggets G J.R. Smith, on his team heading down the stretch.

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