Nuggets center Nene said he will try to play Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nene suffered a right knee bone bruise in Sunday's game. He sat out Monday and won't play tonight at Pepsi Center against Atlanta.
"I'm hoping (for Friday), said Nene, who leads the NBA in shooting percentage with 60.9. "I'll do the therapy, do the exercise and try to feel comfortable. ... There's been a lot of progress. Day-by-day it's getting better."
Nuggets athletic trainer Jim Gillen said Nene worked out in the pool on Wednesday afternoon, jumping and running.