DENVER (AP) _ Denver Nuggets guard Bryant Stith, sidelined with a deep thigh bruise, probably will not play again this season.

Stith injured his right leg about two weeks ago in Denver's loss to New Jersey. He is not progressing as quickly as he would like, coach Dan Issel said Thursday.

``I can't even walk normally, so I know running is out of the question,'' Stith said.

Stith missed 43 games as a rookie in the 1992-93 season after breaking a foot and a hand. Over the next three seasons, he missed only one of 246 games due to injury.

Bone spurs in his left foot, and surgery on them, cost him the final 20 games of the 1996-1997 season. Then came tendinitis and another bone spur and another operation.

Last season, Stith missed three games with a sprained ankle and one game due to a groin strain.

``It's been the story of my life for the past four years. You have to be able to play the hand you're dealt,'' Stith said.

The latest trouble comes as Stith was playing some of his best games. He averaged 10.2 points a game in February and scored a season-high 27 points during the stretch. In 45 games this season, Stith averaged 15.4 points and 1.4 assists.

Going into Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Nuggets were also missing shooting guard Tariq Abdul-Wahad, who has a sprained left wrist.

Stith, with one year left on his contract, is not sure where he fits in with the Nuggets. Issel has said he wants to re-sign Abdul-Wahad when he becomes a free agent July 1. Chauncey Billups, traded to the Orlando Magic in February, also is a free agent could wind up in a Nuggets uniform again.

``I try not to look too far ahead,'' Stith, 29, said. ``All I want to do is go out there and be in a position to benefit the team, and at the same time I want to be able to go out there and market Bryant Stith to let other people know that I still have a lot of years left to play.''