Thomas tallied 10 points (2-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three assists, and one rebound in 10 minutes during Tuesday's 116-102 loss to the Warriors. The Nuggets were trailing big entering the fourth quarter, allowing Thomas to log his first action since mid-March. Even though Thomas and Denver's deep reserves were able to make the final score more respectable, it's unlikely he'll enter the rotation Wednesday against the Spurs, assuming that contest remains relatively competitive throughout.
Thomas has been removed from the rotation "for the time being", Nick Kosmider of the Athletic reports. According to coach Michael Malone, "It's about what's best for our team. I made the decision to shorten the rotation...I'm trying to find a rhythm and a rotation that I feel like will give us the best chance to win now and into the playoffs." Thomas has appeared in nine games for the Nuggets, posting 8.6 points on 37.3 percent shooting, along with 1.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 15.6 minutes. At this point, it seems unlikely he'll play a meaningful role for the Nuggets moving forward. As a result, Thomas is a strong drop candidate in almost all fantasy leagues.
Thomas had zero statistics, failing to leave the bench in Tuesday's 133-107 victory over the Timberwolves. Thomas, who had played no more than 16 minutes in each of his last five games, failed to see the court Tuesday. He has not been a good fit for the Nuggets and the impressive play of Monte Morris has certainly complicated things for Thomas. He is still rostered in 60 percent of leagues, a number that is clearly too high.
Thomas will once again be held to a minutes limit Tuesday against Oklahoma City, Chris Dempsey of the Nuggets' official site reports. Thomas played a season-high 24 minutes Sunday against the Clippers, and even though he's gradually starting to build up his minutes, the Nuggets will continue to monitor his usage closely. He figures to be held around 20-to-25 minutes in Tuesday's clash.
Thomas produced 16 points (5-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 16 minutes in Friday's 114-104 win over the Mavericks. Thomas' resurgence only further muddles the landscape in the Denver backcourt, as Malik Beasley, Monte Morris and Gary Harris all vie for minutes alongside Jamal Murray, who has also seen a slight downtick with the massive array of guard talent available. It's unclear how Thomas will figure into Denver's future plans, but as the Nuggets charge toward the postseason, Thomas will figure to get a share of the load as long as can stay healthy.
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