Quincy Miller injured as Nuggets fall to D-League Select team

D-League Select 87, Denver 75
by Aaron Lopez

After losing one of their top scoring options, the Denver Nuggets didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with the NBA D-League Select team Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Quincy Miller, who averaged 18.7 points in his first three games at the NBA Samsung Summer League, sprained his right ankle less than two minutes into the second quarter of Denver’s 87-75 loss at Cox Pavilion.

The Nuggets (1-3) were eliminated from the tournament portion of the summer league and will conclude their five-game schedule Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers (1-3).

Miller scored two points before rolling his ankle while contesting a shot near the rim. X-rays were negative, but he is unlikely to play in the summer finale.

With Miller unavailable for the final 28 minutes against the D-League Select team, the Nuggets struggled from the field. They went 6-for-22 from 3-point range and shot .370 overall from the field.

Despite the shooting woes, Denver kept the game close by forcing 17 turnovers. The Nuggets were within five points with 2:32 remaining, but the Select team went on a 12-2 run to put the game out of reach.

Erick Green led the Nuggets with 17 points, three assists and three steals. Rookie Gary Harris added 15 points and four steals but finished 5-for-18 from the field.

Demonte Harper, who played with Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried at Morehead State University, provided a spark off the bench for Denver in the second half. He scored seven points and added four rebounds in just seven minutes.