Nuggets Roundup: Chandler, Gallinari

Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler could return Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers.

A look at the latest on what’s happening with the Denver Nuggets:

Per the Denver Post: “Nuggets forwards Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler worked off to the side Monday as their team prepared to face the Rockets for the second time in three nights without them.”

Per the Denver Post: “Gallinari is nursing a bone bruise on his left knee and missed his third consecutive game. Chandler missed his fourth consecutive game with a right groin contusion.” (Full report.)

Nuggets coach Michael Malone, via the Denver Post: “Hopeful is the word I’d use. We’ll have to wait and see how their continued rehabs go and how they’re feeling.” (Full report.)

Per the Denver Post: “James Harden followed up a 40-point triple-double by going coast to coast for a go-ahead layup with 2.4 seconds left that handed the Nuggets a 125-124 loss at the Toyota Center.” (Full report.)

Per the Denver Post: “This felt like the postseason. With three weeks left in the regular season, Denver already is in must-win mode as the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference clasps tighter than the rat-tat of a snare drum.” (Full report.)

Per BSN Denver: “Because of their schedule to end the season, which includes eight of their last 12 on the road, the Nuggets aren’t favorites for the eighth seed anymore, even with a half-a-game lead over Portland.” (Full report.)

Per BSN Denver: “A potential playoff spot, a comfortable notion just two weeks ago, now looks as grim as the Nuggets’ late-game execution over their past two losses.” (Full report.)

Per Denver Stiffs: “But the Portland Trail Blazers just had a heck of a week. They won four out of five on the road in what was by far their toughest stretch of this crucial final month of the season. They won as underdogs against San Antonio, Atlanta, and Miami, three likely playoff teams.” (Full report.)

Per Denver Stiffs: “In short, it was gut-check time and they stepped up. Portland now has just three road games left, one of which is against the lowly, tanking Lakers.” (Full report.)

Malone on Harden’s decision to never take games off, via the Denver Post: “You’ve got to respect the hell out of that. Here’s a guy — they have the No. 3 seed firmly established — but he’s a competitor and an old-school player and he wants to play.” (Full report.)