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Denver Nuggets: Carmelo Anthony To Return To Team Thursday

In a statement posted on their official web site, the Denver Nuggets stated that forward Carmelo Anthony is expected to return tomorrow, a day after the Nuggets play the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.

Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony is scheduled to return to the team Thursday after spending time grieving his sister Michelle’s death.

In all Melo will have missed five games after the loss of his sister Michelle last week. The Nuggets are 1-3 in four games so far, losing to the San Antonio Spurs, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Philadelphia 76ers. They beat the Portland Trail Blazers, who were without the services of Brandon Roy, on Tuesday night.

Anthony's first game back will also be the first game of 2011, when the team hosts the Sacramento Kings on January 1. This will be the first of four contests between the team, and the Kings are a bad, bad team. They are 5-23 and currently on an eight-game losing streak--exactly the kind of team the Nuggets should pick up some wins against.