Nuggets star has missed five games
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Carmelo Anthony is becoming impatient with his injured left ankle.
Denver's star forward and leading scorer missed his fifth straight game Monday night when the Nuggets played the Golden State Warriors, but he expects to return Friday when Denver hosts Philadelphia in its next game.
"I'm probably 95 percent," Anthony said. "I know how I feel. These next couple days will get me back."
The Nuggets opted to sit him another day so Anthony will be assured of having two good practices on his ankle before Friday's game.
Forward Kenyon Martin also was sidelined Monday as a precautionary measure because of a mid-back strain on his left side. He was listed as day to day.
Martin, the Nuggets' second-leading scorer at 15.2 points per game, experienced back spasms in the first half of Sunday night's 102-88 loss to Dallas and missed the second half. He's still having discomfort in his back.
Anthony went through non-contact drills with the Nuggets on Friday, but coach Jeff Bzdelik said he wasn't ready to go against the Mavericks and would be doubtful Monday night at Golden State.
Anthony has never missed this many games, and it's been especially hard since Denver had lost five in a row and seven of eight heading into the game against the Warriors.
"Injuries are the worst, especially ankle injuries," Anthony said. "I don't use it as an excuse [for our problems]. I can't really put my finger on what's going on."
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