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Nuggets without banged-up forwards Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler against Suns

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DENVER — The Denver Nuggets were without banged-up forwards Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns.

Then, early in the first quarter, they lost starter Darrell Arthur to a strained right knee. The team said he wouldn't return. He played three minutes and had one point.

PHOTO: Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young, left, tumbles to the court after being fouled by Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried as he drives to the net in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Denver. The Nets won 110-82. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young, left, tumbles to the court after being fouled by Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried as he drives to the net in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Denver. The Nets won 110-82. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Faried is sidelined with a bruised left thumb, which he hurt in the first half Monday against Brooklyn. Chandler is missing a second straight game due to a sore left groin. Chandler said the move was precautionary and he hopes to return Friday against Utah.

The news that Faried couldn't play caught Nuggets coach Brian Shaw a little by surprise since the high energy forward practiced the day before.

Shaw said of Faried: "It was his call and he said he wasn't going to be able to play tonight. You can't question that. He knows himself better than anybody else does."

Faried is averaging 11.3 points and 8.6 rebounds this season.

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