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Nuggets continue to play despite slew of injuries

DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets were without stars Allen Iverson and Marcus Camby for their game against the Phoenix Suns on
Monday night.

Camby, the league's No. 2 rebounder and shot blocker, strained
his left groin Saturday night at Sacramento. Iverson missed his
fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle and said he hoped
to return Wednesday night against the Hornets.

"I don't feel good," said Iverson, who was hurt in a game against
Charlotte on Jan. 29. "I knew the next morning it was going to be
sore. I didn't know it was going to be this bad."

Iverson knows the Nuggets sure could use him during this tough
stretch.

"If we weren't struggling, then it wouldn't be so bad," he
said. "That's the most frustrating part. I won't try to rush back.
I think it will hurt us more if I try to rush back and then hurt it
even worse and have it linger for the rest of the season."

Several other Nuggets were ailing. Carmelo Anthony has a swollen
middle finger on his right hand and a sore left wrist, Reggie Evans
has a sprained right ankle and Steve Blake has 12 stitches in his
upper lip after catching an inadvertent elbow from Ron Artest on
Saturday night.

All the injuries had coach George Karl on edge before tip-off, a
makeup of the Dec. 20 game that was wiped out by a blizzard. Karl
took exception when asked if he still viewed this as a barometer
game given all the injuries.

"For me to come out and give them a crutch and act like we have
no chance, [no way]. Get ready to play, let's go," Karl said.