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Nuggets’ Aaron Gordon suffered cuts to face and hand from dog bite; in good condition’

The Denver Nuggets will be without Aaron Gordon for the time being due to a Christmas Day incident involving a dog.

In a statement released by the team Wednesday, Gordon is in “good condition” after suffering lacerations to his face and hand when he was bitten by a dog.

By Shams Charania from The Athletic and Stadium, Gordon required a total of 21 stitches to repair his injuries. DNVR Sports’ Harrison Wind reported that Gordon’s absence likely wouldn’t be long:

Denver hosted the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. Gordon played 32 minutes, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the 120-114 victory over the defending NBA champions.

Gordon, 28, previously missed four straight games from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1 with a heel injury. He has played in 12 consecutive games since returning to the lineup on December 2.

Losing Gordon for any length of time takes a huge chunk out of both ends of the floor from head coach Michael Malone. He’s shooting 52.5 percent from the field, ranks third on the team in rebounds (6.9) and steals (1.0) and fourth in scoring (13.6 points per game).

When Gordon sat out with a heel injury, Justin Holiday joined the starting lineup. The 34-year-old has played well, averaging 10.8 points on 50.0 percent three-point shooting and 3.3 assists per game in those four starts.

The Nuggets have plenty of depth to get by while Gordon recovers. They have won five straight and eight of their last nine to move within 1.5 games of the Minnesota Timberwolves for first place in the Western Conference.

Denver will face the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday and Friday. It will then have two days off before hosting the Charlotte Hornets to conclude a four-game homestand.

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