Nuggets' woes continue as Gary Harris will miss up to 4 weeks with foot injury

The Denver Nuggets can't catch a break. On Tuesday, coach Michael Malone said that guard Gary Harris could be sidelined for up to four weeks with a foot injury, via the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey. Harris suffered the injury on Saturday against the Detroit Pistons and sat out against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. He has only played in five games this season because of a groin injury in training camp.

Gary Harris goes up for a layup
Gary Harris' offense will be missed. USATSI

Harris, 22, is supposed to be the Nuggets' starting shooting guard. Normally, sixth man Will Barton would slide into his spot, but he has been out since spraining his ankle on Halloween. On Nov. 3 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Malone elected to start rookie guard Jamal Murray; against the Blazers, he went with veteran Jameer Nelson.

Losing Harris is a tough one because he spaces the floor and plays solid defense against point guards and shooting guards. Just like last year, injuries have been a major obstacle for Denver this season. The Nuggets are 3-7 and are on a four-game losing streak.

The silver lining: His absence will give Murray more of a chance to show what he can do, and the same could be true for fellow rookie Malik Beasley, who has been mostly out of Malone's rotation.

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