ORLANDO — Nuggets guards Austin Rivers and Bones Hyland have entered the NBA’s health-and-safety protocols and are expected to miss several games, a league source confirmed to The Denver Post.
Rivers’ and Hyland’s absences leave the Nuggets even more shorthanded ahead of Wednesday’s game at Orlando, the second of Denver’s seven-game road trip.
Bones Hyland is also in the health and safety protocol and is expected to miss several games as well, I’m told. He’s not at #Nuggets shootaround.
Hyland and Rivers are the only players expected to be in the protocol.
— Mike Singer (@msinger) December 1, 2021
Without the two, Denver’s guard rotation will be limited to Monte Morris, Will Barton, Facu Campazzo and Markus Howard for the immediate future. Their regular rotation was already cut short with the respective injuries to P.J. Dozier (ACL) and Michael Porter Jr. (back surgery). The team only had 11 players available at the morning shootaround.
Rivers, who had struggled throughout much of the season with his shooting, had started to come around over the last two weeks. Over the last seven games, Rivers had averaged 7.3 points on over 35% shooting from the 3-point line in more than 23 minutes per game.
Hyland, the Nuggets’ first-round pick (26th overall) in the 2021 NBA draft, is averaging 8.0 points in 15 games off the bench.
The Athletic first reported the news.