Carmelo Anthony expected for Thursday

Updated: December 29, 2010, 5:27 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

DENVER -- The Nuggets say Carmelo Anthony will return to the team Thursday after missing four games to spend time with his family following his sister's death.

In a statement released through the team, Anthony said he appreciated "the outpouring of love and support" from his Denver family during this time. Anthony's sister Michelle Anthony died last week of a pre-existing medical condition in Baltimore. Her funeral was Monday.

Anthony didn't play Tuesday night in the Nuggets' 95-77 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. He is averaging 24 points and 8.3 rebounds, both team-highs.

Also, Nuggets forward Al Harrington is expected to sit out two games with a dislocated right thumb. He was injured in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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