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Sport News | Nuggets’ Will Barton healthy after frightening head-on collision in Blazers blowout – The Denver Post

Silence fell on Ball Arena as Will Barton remained motionless on the pitch surrounded by his Nuggets teammates.

Denver hammered Portland on Thursday night, but for a few tense moments late in the third quarter, the team’s only real concern was Barton. He slid to the rim and hit his head against the knee of Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic. Barton instantly collapsed to the ground.

“A scary moment, obviously,” said coach Michael Malone. “Nothing dirty. Nothing mean. It was just an unfortunate play.

Barton finally stood up with the help of Denver medics and entered the locker room. Relief filled the arena when he later returned to the bench. Barton cheered along with his teammates as the Nuggets’ reserves wrapped up an easy win.

“I was just trying to make a play and hit the rim,” Barton said. “My defender (CJ Elleby), when he saw me trying to get into his body, he backed up so I lost my balance. I just ran into Nurk. … My neck sort of turned. Just hurt him for a little while. That’s all.”

Malone added: “We took (Barton) to the back and the medics cleared him. He’s fine, thank goodness that’s more important than anything.

It’s been a tough week for the Nuggets’ versatile shooter. A COVID testing error led Barton to miss the team’s astonishing collapse on Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Clippers. Barton had been tested inconclusive, positive and twice negative before he was finally cleared to play on Thursday.

“I knew I didn’t have COVID all the time. I had no symptoms, ”Barton said. “It’s just a tricky season with all the tests going. Things just happen.

Barton thrived against the Blazers with 21 points – 4 of 6 to 3 points – plus four rebounds and two assists.

“This season’s yo-yo continues. I think (Barton) had a great night, ”said Malone. “He shot the ball extremely well from the field. … I think a Will Barton game peaks when it gets seven or eight rebounds. And he gets five or six assists. These are figures that are easily achievable for him. He’s got that kind of versatile talent and ability.

Sport News | Nuggets’ Will Barton healthy after frightening head-on collision in Blazers blowout – The Denver Post


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