Nene sidelined with sprained left knee

Updated: April 29, 2010, 2:21 AM ET
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DENVER -- Nuggets forward Nene sprained his left knee in the first half of Denver's 116-102 Game 5 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night and did not return to the game.

He will be re-evaluated Thursday.

Nene stayed on the court for several minutes after Jazz forward Carlos Boozer banged his left leg into Nene's knee. He was helped off the court and into the locker room leaning on trainer Jim Gillen.

"I don't know how severe his injury is, but if he doesn't play we just have to play without him," Nuggets acting coach Adrian Dantley said. "Utah, they went without two players. We just have to play without him."

Nene was having another quiet game, with two points and one rebound but four assists when he went out.

With Nene out, Chris Andersen scored 10 points and grabbed seven boards and Johan Petro chipped in four points and six boards.

"It looks like when he went out they picked themselves up and it seems like they were a lot stronger," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "That is what happens a lot of times when you have guys who have the chance to play and they try to make up the difference."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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