Barton (illness) is not listed on the team's injury report in advance of Friday's contest against the Spurs, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
Barton is dealing with strep throat, but was initially considered probable for the contest. So, the news of him being cleared doesn't come as too much of a surprise. Over the past three games, he's averaging 21.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals across 41.7 minutes per game.
Barton is dealing with strep throat, but is on track to play in Friday's matchup with the Spurs, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Barton is currently on antibiotics and while official word hasn't been provided, it appears the plan is for him to take the court on Friday. Look for another update following the team's morning shootaround, but if all goes as planned, Barton should take on his typical role. If he were to surprisingly be held out, guys like Wilson Chandler and Torrey Craig could pick up some added minutes on the wing.
Barton accounted for 19 points (5-13 FG, 4-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and one steal during Thursday's 134-123 win over host Milwaukee.
Barton only shot 38.5 percent from the floor but still managed to get to the 19-point mark and add yet another perfect performance from the free-throw line as well. Over his last three games, the former Memphis standout has not missed a free throw since going 7-of-8 from the line Jan. 22, a span of 11 games. Currently, Barton is averaging career bests in points (14.7) and assists (4.1) during his eighth year in the league.
Barton registered 20 points (9-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt), six assists, five rebounds and two steals across 43 minutes in Tuesday's 117-109 win over the Spurs.
Barton's scoring total was second only to Nikola Jokic's on the Nuggets for the night and represented his second consecutive 20-point effort. The 27-year-old has drained 19 of his 33 attempts over the last pair of contests, and that level of marksmanship and usage is helping him retain a firm hold on the starting small forward job. Factoring in Tuesday's production, Barton is averaging 18.2 points, 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal across 36.3 minutes in six February games, with his 54.4 percent success rate from the field -- including 45.2 percent from distance -- pivotal to his overall success.
Barton posted 25 points (10-14 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, five rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot in 42 minutes during Saturday's 123-113 win over the Suns.
Barton continued with another great stat line on Saturday, building on what has been an excellent month. He's averaged 17.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists over five contests in February. As he's now a permanent fixture in Denver's starting lineup, his usage and production make him a solid option in all formats.
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