OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The Denver Nuggets have lost
five straight without star forward Carmelo Anthony and face the
prospect of halting that skid without All-Star Kenyon Martin as
well when they face the Golden State Warriors on Monday.
After opening the season 2-5, the Nuggets had won 10 of 12
before Anthony went down with a sprained left ankle in the third
quarter of a 107-100 loss to the Miami Heat on December 17.
Anthony has not played in Denver's four losses since then,
including a 102-88 setback to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
The Nuggets opened a 52-43 advantage at the break but had to
play the second half without Martin, who was suffering from back
Anthony is not expected to return until later in the week, while
Martin's status is day-to-day.
The Nuggets have been hampered by injuries all season - starting
guard Voshon Lenard injured his Achilles tendon in the season
opener - and have already used 10 different starting lineups.
They used just seven all of last season.
The Warriors will also be playing for the second consecutive day
after rallying to a 98-94 triumph over the Sacramento Kings on
Jason Richardson scored all 26 of his points in the second half
as Golden State overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to win in
Sacramento for the first time in six years.
Denver won three of four from Golden State last season, although
the Warriors have won eight of 12 overall and 25 of 30 at home.