DENVER -- Nuggets' power forward Kenneth Faried could return to action Thursday versus the Los Angeles Clippers.
Faried (low back), who's officially listed as "questionable" against the Clippers, missed Denver's last nine games but went through practice Wednesday for the first time since his injury, via the Denver Post's Nick Kosmider.
How Faried looks Thursday morning at shootaround could determine if the power forward gives it a go, a decision that will send coach Michael Malone back to the drawing board as he'll work to incorporate a new addition to Denver's ever-changing rotation.
In Faried's absence, Denver has opted to use Mason Plumlee and Nikola Jokic together in the frontcourt. Since the Nuggets acquired the center from Portland before February's trade deadline, Plumlee has played well, averaging 9.3 points and 7.1 rebounds in 12 games. Denver is a +21 plus-minus in the 56 minutes Plumlee and Jokic have shared the floor over those 12 games, a combination that the Nuggets will continue to feature.
Additionally, rookie Juancho Hernangomez has been a benefactor of Faried's absence. Hernangomez averaged 16.5 minutes per game in March and 14.4 so far in February after playing sporadically during the first few months of the regular season.