Plumlee had 12 points (6-6 FG, 0-1 FT), five rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes during Wednesday's 113-108 loss to the Cavaliers.
Plumlee continues to see minutes in the teens, limiting his value in many formats. While he is able to put up some numbers in those limited minutes, his lack of defensive stats keeps his overall output in check. He is fine to own in deeper leagues but is best left alone in all standard formats.
Plumlee, who contributed 10 points (5-10 FG, 0-4 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 22 minutes in Tuesday's 122-120 loss to the Clippers, is averaging 9.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals across 20.0 minutes in the three games he's played since returning from a calf injury.
The fifth-year big man has jumped right back in to a solid reserve role and has served as a valued source of offense off the bench in his first three contests following an eight-game absence due to a calf injury. Plumlee has filled a number of roles this season, as in addition to serving as Nikola Jokic's primary backup, he also logged several starts at power forward earlier in the campaign when Paul Millsap was sidelined due to a wrist injury. With Millsap now back in the fold, Plumlee figures to log minutes in the teens or low 20s on most nights, with a bump in playing time always possible if Jokic encounters foul trouble, as was the case in the first half Tuesday.
Plumlee (calf) has been cleared to play for Friday's matchup against the Spurs and has no restrictions, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Plumlee has missed the past eight games with a right calf strain, however he has been cleared to return Friday. He had moved to the starting lineup prior to suffering the injury, and it's uncertain whether or not he will rejoin the starters or come off the bench. In the 10 games prior to his injury, Plumlee averaged 8.9 points and 6.5 rebounds over 23.7 minutes.
Plumlee (calf) remains without a timetable for return, but is not expected back prior to the All-Star break, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Plumlee was given a tentative expectation of 2-to-4 weeks for his recovery on Feb. 1, so this latest update doesn't come as much of a surprise. With Plumlee now ruled out through the All-Star break, his next shot to take the court would be a Feb. 23 matchup with the Spurs. That gives him a little over two weeks to make a full recovery, though the Nuggets aren't ruling out the potential for him to miss even more time. In Plumlee's absence, Wilson Chandler has seen more run at power forward, while Trey Lyles and Darrell Arthur have seen an elevated role off the bench as well.
Coach Michael Malone said Plumlee (calf) is not expected to play in the next couple of games and his absence could potentially extend to a range of 2-to-4 weeks, Gina Mizell of the Denver Post reports.
Plumlee had already been ruled out of Thursday's matchup with the Thunder, but it appears he's now set to miss at least the next handful of games. A 2-to-4 week timetable was suggested, though it doesn't sound like anything official has been decided on that front quite yet. Either way, Plumlee is set to sit out at least the next few contests while going through the recovery process and more updates should be provided once he's able to start ramping up his activity. With Plumlee out, the likes of Trey Lyles and Darrell Arthur should help pick up the slack at power forward.
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