Anthony, who averages 25.5 points, sprained his left ankle
against the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 21. The Nuggets, who started
the night a half-game behind the Utah Jazz for the lead in the
Western Conference's Northwest Division, are 2-2 since Anthony's
With Chucky Atkins also out after surgery on a right
groin/abdominal strain, and Nene's recovery from testicular cancer,
the Nuggets had only 10 players available.
The Grizzlies had even fewer, dressing nine players because of
injuries, a suspension and the release of two players this week.
Pau Gasol, the team's second-leading scorer and leading
rebounder, was on the active list, but dressed in street clothes,
because of a lingering sore back. Gasol missed two games with the
back ailment, before playing 28 minutes in the Grizzlies' 103-84
loss to Dallas on Monday.
The Grizzlies had 14 players on their roster at the start of the
week, but released veteran guard Damon Stoudamire on Monday. The
Grizzlies declined to sign forward Bobby Jones after his second
10-day contract expired on Tuesday, the same day they suspended
forward Stromile Swift for Wednesday's game for an exchange with
coach Marc Iavaroni against Dallas.
That brought the available roster to 11. Rookie guard Mike
Conley was placed on inactive status with a chest contusion that
has caused him to miss three straight games. Add the injured Gasol
to those unavailable, and the Grizzlies were left with nine.
League rules require a team have 12 active players and at least
one on the inactive list for a game. But Grizzlies officials said
the league allows a two-week window for teams to get the roster
numbers up to the minimum.