Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony has been excused from Wednesday night’s game in San Antonio due to a death in his family.
“Our entire organization supports Carmelo during this difficult time for him and his family,” Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said. "It is heartbreaking news, particularly during the holiday season." Anthony would like to thank Nuggets fans for their thoughts and prayers and asks that they and the media respect his privacy during this time.No further details have yet been made available. The Nuggets enter Wednesday night's game with a record of 16-10, good enough for third place in the Northwest Division. The Spurs continue to have the league's best record, sitting atop the Southwest Division at 24-3. Last week, the Nuggets and Spurs played a memorable game, with Anthony being whistled for a charge in the game's final seconds, negating a potential game-winning basket. Also, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith threw down perhaps the dunk of the year.