Friday , Jan , 19 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Nuggets ready for Carmelo’s return

(Sports Network) – Star forward Carmelo Anthony is eligible to return to the
court on Monday when the Denver Nuggets host the Memphis Grizzlies at the
Pepsi Center. Anthony is serving a 15-game suspension for his role in December
16th’s brawl at Madison Square Garden,

Anthony is averaging a league-best 31.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists
this season. The Syracuse product is shooting over 50 percent from the field
and has scored 30 or more points in 16 of the 22 games he has played in during
the campaign.

Denver is in third place in the Northwest Division, five games behind the
division-leading Utah Jazz and just one game in back of the second place
Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to halt a two-game losing streak when they
visit the Nuggets on Friday at the Pepsi Center. It is the first of two
meetings this season between the Cavaliers and Denver. Cleveland is scheduled
to host the Nuggets on March 25th at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cleveland has lost seven of 10 and 12 of its last 16 at Denver. The Nuggets
have won five of the last seven contests in the series.

Denver tries to win back-to-back games for the first time in 2007 against the
Cavaliers. Allen Iverson posted 32 points and nine assists, as the Nuggets
downed the Trail Blazers, 109-93, on Sunday at the Rose Garden.

Steve Blake scored a career-high 25 points in the victory over Portland for
the Nuggets, who have won just two of their last nine games overall. Denver is
just 4-8 since acquiring Iverson from Philadelphia in December. J.R. Smith
scored 13 points, while Marcus Camby grabbed 14 rebounds in the win.

The Nuggets are 10-10 at home this season. They will visit the Houston Rockets
on Saturday at the Toyota Center. On January 12th, Shane Battier posted 25
points and seven rebounds as the Houston Rockets topped the Nuggets, 90-86, at
the Pepsi Center. Denver has lost two of its last three at Houston.