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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Nuggets' J.J. Hickson undergoes knee surgery

By on 3/26/2014 01:30:00 PM

The Denver Nuggets lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday by the score of 117-96.  The loss dropped the Nuggets to 32-39 on the season, fourth in the Northwest Division.  The Nuggets were without center J.J. Hickson, who hurt his ACL in Friday's game against the Mavericks  The Nuggets had already lost Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee and Nate Robinson with season ending surgeries. Add Hickson to that ever growing list.

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As reported at Oregonian Sports, Hickson had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee on Tuesday.  The injury occurred early in the fourth quarter of Friday's blowout loss to the Mavericks, when he went down along the baseline. Hickson was having a very solid season, averaging 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.  General manager Tim Connelly is confident that Hickson will rehab strong and return as soon as possible.

"We know he will attack his rehab with the same energy and hard work that he displays on the court every night."
Hickson is in his sixth NBA season out of North Carolina State.  The veteran has played for the Cavaliers, Trail Blazers, Kings and Nuggets.  He averaged a career high 13.8 points per game in 2010-2011 and a career high 10.4 rebounds per game last season with the Trail Blazers.  Hickson has career averages of 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 426 games.


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