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Apr 4, 2010 8:09 PM

Karl could miss the first round of playoffs

DENVER (AP) - Denver Nuggets coach George Karl may miss the first round of the playoffs as he recovers from cancer treatments.

Karl's life partner, Kim Van Deraa, tells The Denver Post that Karl won't return in the regular season and probably will also miss the first round of the playoffs.

Karl has been fighting throat and neck cancer during the past two months. He has finished radiation treatment and is set to have his final round of chemotherapy on Wednesday.

Van Deraa says Karl struggles to speak now and may have to feed himself liquids through a tube for another three to six months.

The Nuggets have pulled into a tie with Utah for first place in the Northwest Division, along with tying the Jazz, Dallas and Phoenix for the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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