Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon returned to practice on Sunday after sustaining lacerations to his face and right shooting hand when he was bitten by a family dog on Christmas and is expected to play in Monday’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets, according to head coach Michael Malone.
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Gordon is officially listed as questionable.
“I love dogs. I grew up with dogs my whole life,” Gordon told The Denver Post. “But because we’re on the road so much, my dad’s taking care of him, so I can’t really train him how I need him to be. … But I feel good. Everything is fine.”
Gordon has missed the last two games because of his injuries.
He’s averaging 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds for the defending NBA champions. He had 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 120-114 win over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas.
Reggie Jackson, who is dealing with calf tightness, is also expected to play, per Malone.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.