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Harrison Wind: Michael Malone just confirmed Nikola Jokic is playing tonight.
Harrison Wind: Will Barton (low back contusion) is questionable for Friday’s game vs Pelicans. Nikola Jokic (ankle) is good to go, not on the injury report.
TJ McBride: According to @AllySturm, Nikola Jokic’s ankle feels strong but he is getting over the mental side of trusting it. The #Nuggets are going to ease him back into the rotation. Faried was the first big off of the bench tonight.
Harrison Wind: Nikola Jokic (ankle) is available to play, Nuggets say.
Tom Westerholm: Nikola Jokic is still questionable for tonight’s game.
Gina Mizell: Obligatory update on #Nuggets center Nikola Jokic: Michael Malone said his ankle is still quite swollen, but that he’s moving better and “getting closer” to returning. Put status for Boston game tomorrow at TBD.
Harrison Wind: Nikola Jokic (left ankle sprain) will not play Tuesday in Detroit, Nuggets announce. It will be sixth consecutive games he’s missed.
Gina Mizell: #Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, who will miss his fifth consecutive game with a sprained left ankle, was just going through some more individual basketball work before tonight’s game against Indiana. Got kicked off floor because a local dance troupe is about to perform.
Gina Mizell: #Nuggets standout center Nikola Jokic (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out for his fourth consecutive game Friday at Orlando. Coach Michael Malone remains optimistic that Jokic can return sometime on this six-game road trip that goes to Indiana after Orlando.
Gina Mizell: #Nuggets Nikola Jokic officially ruled out for Wednesday’s game at Pelicans with sprained ankle. Lines up with timetable from Michael Malone, who said returning during second half of this road trip was probably “best-case scenario.” pic.twitter.com/M3P9frIgQm
The big man did not have a timetable on when he’d return when asked Monday morning, but Jokic said the injury is “getting better” and that he’s been able to increase his workload in recent days. “I don’t want to come back and I’m not ready,” Jokic said. “That’s unfair to the players (and) the coaches, because I can’t give my 100 percent.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Denver star Nikola Jokic is expected to miss several games with left ankle sprain, but MRI results were negative on Friday, league sources tell ESPN.
Harrison Wind: Nikola Jokic (ankle) will not play tomorrow vs Lakers. No updated timetable has been announced for his return. Wilson Chandler (back) is questionable after missing Denver’s last two games.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Further evaluation on left ankle of Denver’s Nikola Jokic set for Friday, but there’s cautious optimism that injury is no more than a sprain, league source tells ESPN. X-rays negative.
Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets’ leading scorer and emerging star center, rolled his left ankle in the first half against the Bulls on Thursday at the Pepsi Center and exited the game early. He did not return to the game after the team diagnosed him with a left ankle sprain. “I’ll go back and talk to our docs. Thank goodness it’s only a sprain,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “Good thing is, he’s not an athletic big, so he doesn’t have to jump a lot.”
Gina Mizell: #Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Nikola Jokic (ankle) and Wilson Chandler (back) are going to give it a go tonight against the Grizzlies. But did not reveal his starting lineup.
Chris Dempsey: Jokic went back to the locker room to get his right ankle re-taped. He’s on the court now, and just scored.
Gina Mizell: Nikola Jokic goes to the floor with an apparent right ankle injury. Was clearly in a ton of pain, but was just able to walk off under own power. #Nuggets
Michael Gallagher: Jokic may have slightly stepped on PJ Tucker’s foot. Not much of an ankle roll, but he’s going to the locker room.
TJ McBride: Nuggets updated injury report:
Kyle Draper: Nikola Jokic tells me he will play tonight. Says chest still congested. #Nuggets #Celtics #nba @CelticsCSN #denver
TJ McBride: Nikola Jokic is questionable but Malone is saying that he wants to give it a go tonight. Looks like Malone thinks he will play.
Chris Dempsey: #Nuggets C Nikola Jokic (illness) is OUT of tonight’s game vs. Sacramento. Mason Plumlee will start in his place
Charles F. Gardner: Denver coach Michael Malone said this morning forward Nikola Jokic will return from hip injury tonight vs. Bucks.
Chris Dempsey: Will Barton (ankle) is out of tonight’s game vs. the Lakers. As are Jokic and Mudiay. Everyone else is in. #Nuggets.
Chris Dempsey: Wondering when Nikola Jokic could return? #Nuggets coach Michael Malone gives a bit of a glimpse into that here. This is from Saturday. “When we got the news that it was a lot less severe than we all anticipated and he could be back as early as sometime in the middle of next week, that’s great. That’s great for him, most importantly because you don’t want to see a guy hurt. And it’s great for our team.”
Chris Dempsey: It has already been determined that Jokic will not play tomorrow vs. Phoenix. He is not making the trip there. #nuggets
Jokic was helped to his feet and limped straight back to the locker room. The scare, though, that this could have been a significant injury, appears to be only that. Jokic is said to have a left hip strain. X-rays were negative, but Jokic, who led the Nuggets to a 127-120 victory over Phoenix on Thursday, will have an MRI on Friday. “It’s good news for us,” teammate Will Barton said. “He’s been playing out of this world for us; our best player. It would be tough to see him go down for a long time. I’m just happy he’s fine.”
Alex Kennedy: Nikola Jokic is getting X-rays on his hip and knee, per source. We may get an update on his status tonight.
The short-term outlook for Nuggets center Nikola Jokic’s sprained wrist isn’t great. He’ll likely at least be out the next three games, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Saturday. Jokic missed his second consecutive game Saturday night. “Talking to Nikola, he wants to play right when he can catch the ball,” Malone said. “I think we’ll probably be a little more cautious than that on this road trip, maybe get it looked at again just to kind of see where it’s at once the swelling goes down.”
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February 21, 2018 | 9:00 am EST Update
Polk said it’s a “concern” Walker will likely have to reach unrestricted free-agency before he could be re-signed, but that’s a function of the rules. “We love Kemba Walker,” Polk said. “We would like nothing more than for Kemba to end his career here.”
It took years to fully recover from the injury and he wasn’t cleared to play again until May 2017. The rehabilitation process tested him both mentally and physically, but he found a way to reach his goal. “It was essentially a four-year process,” Okafor said. “I just took my time making sure, not only the initial injury (was healed), but to recondition and rehab everything. … (I) figured while I’m waiting for my disc to heal, I can take the time to heal other things. When I come back, (I can) feel nice and bouncy and rejuvenated.”
Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk missed a portion of Tuesday’s practice, while being examined following a car accident in Arkansas over All-Star break. Monk suffered from upper-body soreness when he arrived for Tuesday’s late-afternoon practice, so a team doctor checked him out. Monk returned to practice at Spectrum Center in time to put up some jump shots after most of the other players left the practice court. “They just had to make sure he was OK,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “He wasn’t able to practice today, but he says he feels better. He’s just stiff. So, we’ll just see tomorrow how he feels and where he is at.”
Asked if he anticipates Steve Clifford, who has a season remaining on his contract, being the coach here next season, Polk responded, “I would today.” Like each of Clifford’s previous four seasons, he and his staff will be evaluated in the spring. “Once we get a new general manager on board, we’ll talk about the coaching staff,” Polk said. “Steve has brought a lot of strong organization” to the franchise, Polk said, adding Clifford’s health crisis (a six-week leave to address severe headaches) concerned everyone in management.
February 21, 2018 | 5:07 am EST Update
“He’s not [coming back to Miami]. But the fact when ESPN polled 48 players about what they thought might happen with LeBron that they even mentioned the Heat shows that, at worst, the Heat remain relevant in players’ consciousness,” Winderman wrote. “Basically, the NBA players polled still consider the Heat a desirable landing spot. And that is a good thing. But I cannot fathom, as you pointed out, the Heat having enough on their roster to attract such a level of free agent. There was a time when I thought Hassan Whiteside could have been such a lure, but with his role minimized, I don’t see that as the case anymore.”