The 2016-17 NBA season is still very young, but both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets are already dealing with injuries.Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio was sidelined Tuesday against Memphis with an elbow injury, giving way to rookie Kris Dunn. Minnesota was able to withstand Rubios absence in a rout of the Grizzlies.The Nuggets, meanwhile, have been decimated by injury at shooting guard. Gary Harris wont play Thursday against Minnesota due to a groin injury, and an ankle injury will keep guard Will Barton on the bench in Minneapolis. Barton had been Denvers leading scorer in the early going, averaging 18 points per game.Despite two days off, Denvers lineup still wont be all too healthy when the 1-2 Nuggets face the 1-2 Timberwolves.We need everybody, Nuggets coach Mike Malone told the Denver Post. Gary Harris out, Will Barton is out now, Darrell Arthur is out. Thats one of the things about having a deep team. Everybodys got to be ready to play.Arthur, a 6-foot-9 forward, has yet to play this season due to a knee injury but practiced in advance of Thursdays contest. Denver will need to get healthy in a hurry in order to have enough fresh bodies to compete against a Wolves squad far less banged up.Rubio has been the only injury of note for Minnesota through three games. The veteran point guard went down late in the Timberwolves road loss to Sacramento and has since been ruled out indefinitely with a sprained right elbow.In stepped Dunn, the fifth overall pick from Providence, for his first NBA start. Dunn notched 10 points and added six assists and five steals in 29 minutes of action.Its not college or high school where I was the main focus, Dunn said after Tuesdays win. Theres other players. I like distributing the ball. I like when my teammates are scoring, because it helps everybody out.Minnesota secured its first win by finally holding onto a double-digit lead, thanks in large part to a 31-point effort from guard Zach LaVine. The Wolves led by 15 or more in each of their first two games but lost both road contests.After leading by as much as 40 on Tuesday, Minnesota made sure the Grizzlies never had a chance. Memphis was playing without two of its top players, but the Wolves kept the throttle down regardless.Denver enters Thursdays matchup after two straight losses by three points or less. The Nuggets lost by two at home to Portland before a three-point road loss against Toronto.In order to leave Minneapolis with a win, several players will have to step up for Denver in the absence of the Nuggets injured guards. 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Thats the most important thing, Reid said Monday. You saw at halftime, the things being said in the locker room with our guys -- it wasnt, `Oh, you have to do this. It was, `Hey, were this close. We have to keep pushing. And they pushed and pushed and pushed.The victory, secured by Cairo Santos with a game-winning field goal, moved the Chiefs (7-2) into a tie with the Oakland Raiders for first place in the AFC West, a half-game ahead of the Denver Broncos. And the Chiefs hold the tiebreaker over Oakland by virtue of their lopsided road win in Week 6.Everything points to their momentum continuing, too. They face Tampa Bay this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, where they have yet to lose this season, before a high-profile showdown in Denver.Thats not to say the Chiefs are not without their warts.Smith played arguably his worst game since arriving in Kansas City, one week after being inactive with a head injury. Not only was he held to just 178 yards passing by a weak Carolina secondary, he twice missed open targets in the end zone that could have made things a bit more comfortable.The Chiefs were also 2 of 12 on third down, continuing a two-week trend in the wrong direction, and came up empty on three trips to the red zone -- a recipe that usually results in defeat.A couple weeks ago we were right there, doing our thing, doing good on third down, doing good in the red zone, Reid said. We have to take care of that first. I have to make sure Im gettiing guys in the right position to do good things.dddddddddddd And we have to cut it down -- weve had a lot of third and a gazillion.Then red zone, likewise, we have to stay aggressive in the red zone, Reid said, but theres a time and place to check it down and run it.Its easier to reflect on those shortcomings when they come in victory. The Chiefs can thank their defense for that.The Panthers led 17-3 in the fourth quarter, and still had a 17-6 lead with the ball and about 10 minutes left in the game. But everything turned when safety Eric Berry stepped in front of a pass from Cam Newton, then weaved his way 42 yards to the end zone to help pull Kansas City within 17-14.Carolina got the ball back and had to punt five plays later, and the Chiefs moved 35 yards to give Santos a chance to kick a tying 33-yard field goal with 4 1/2 minutes to go.The teams swapped punts and the game appeared to be headed for overtime when Newton hit Kelvin Benjamin with about 30 seconds left in the game. Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, whose penchant for picking off passes has made him one of the leagues bright young stars, this time wrapped his arms around Benjamin and proceeded to rip the ball right from his hands.Instant replay confirmed the fumble. Santos trotted onto the field a couple plays later and calmly knocked a 37-yard field goal through to give the Chiefs another come-from-behind win.Cairo kind of gets left out of the mix there, Reid said. Weve never not had confidence in Cairo. He came in and won the starting job when that wasnt expected to happen, and we havent really felt a lack of confidence toward his game. Like everybody, the human element, youre going to miss some, that happens, but I think we all expect him to get in there and do what he does.After all, thats status quo for everybody on the Chiefs these days.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '
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