Harrison Wind: Nikola Jokic (wrist) is questionable for tomorrow at the Suns. Michael Porter Jr, Zeke Nnaji are out. Vlatko Cancar is in Grand Rapids.
Jokic, who sat courtside with his wrist in a brace, appeared to be hurt the night before in a home loss to Philadelphia. Coach Michael Malone said he didn't believe the injury would sideline Jokic for long, but had no timetable for his return. "I don't think it's going to be a long-term thing at all, but at the same time, I don't want to put him out there if he can only play with one hand," Malone said. "Unfair to ask him to do that. When he's ready to play, he'll play. That could be against Phoenix, that could be in a week. There's no timeline at this point."
Harrison Wind: Nikola Jokic is out tonight, Michael Malone says.
Michael Singer: Early injury report: Nikola Jokic (wrist sprain) is questionable. Will Barton (back) and Bones Hyland (ankle) are probable. Zeke Nnaji (ankle) out.
Callie Caplan: Nuggets coach Mike Malone on Nikola Jokic’s status for tonight vs. Mavs: “Not 100% [sure] but it’s trending in the right direction.”
Vinny Benedetto: Michael Malone says Nikola Jokic is questionable for tomorrow’s game vs. Dallas. Jokic didn’t practice today, though he was on the court in sandals when the media was let in. Malone added Jokic won’t play Friday if he or the training staff has any concerns.
Harrison Wind: Nikola Jokic is questionable for tomorrow vs. Dallas. He didn’t practice today. He’s still sore, but no structural damage.
Michael Singer: P.J. Dozier on Jokic: “He’s in good spirits and he’ll be ready to come back.” Said it was a sigh of relief just to see him get up after knocking knees with Gobert.
Ryan Blackburn: P.J. Dozier on who has to step up if Nikola Jokić is out: “We have to be stars in our roles.” Said nobody can replace Nikola by themselves. Just like without Jamal, it takes everybody.
Michael Singer: Nikola Jokic is sore following his knee-to-knee collision, but there’s nothing structurally wrong, I’m told. I’d expect him to be questionable with the same diagnosis — a right knee contusion — for Friday. Team is generally conservative, so wouldn’t be surprised if he sat out.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Monte Morris says Nikola Jokic said "he thinks he's fine."
Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert said he didn’t feel the contact with Jokic, but saw a replay and said they bumped knees. Gobert wished him well.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Michael Malone isn't sure yet if Nikola Jokic will need any extra testing on his knee. He said that he decided to keep Jokic out at halftime when Jokic told him his knee felt a little weak. Malone said there was no sense in risking Jokic, especially on second of back-to-back.
Katy Winge: NUGGETS INJURY UPDATE FOR TONIGHT VS. WASHINGTON: Gary Harris upgraded to QUESTIONABLE. Monte Morris upgraded to QUESTIONABLE. Nikola Jokic has been added to the injury report with a right thumb sprain, he is PROBABLE. Dozier, Barton, Millsap all remain OUT.
Michael Singer: Nikola Jokic (wrist) not on the Nuggets' injury report ahead of tomorrow's Game 4. Here's what he said yest. after the game about his chances of playing: “I didn’t believe that much that I’m gonna play, but it was really good the improvement that I felt in the last 24 hours."
Shams Charania: Denver All-Star Nikola Jokic (wrist) will be active for Game 3 vs. Clippers.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Michael Malone said Nikola Jokic is still listed as questionable and will go through a pre-game warmup and then the team will make a determination after.
Mirjam Swanson: Michael Malone on Jokic: "He got hit early in the game, it was sore during the game, but Nikola ... very tough. As far as his status, he's still questionable. We'll get with him and see how he's moving and feeling. Still questionable."
Michael Singer: No update yet on Nikola Jokic's status. He's still questionable with a right wrist sprain. Here's the play it happened on from Game 2. Obviously was able to stay in the game.
Harrison Wind: Nikola Jokic tells @BSNDenver that the finger he jammed at practice prior to training camp is still sore and affecting his play “a little bit.” He’s not worried about it, though. “I need to fight through it.” Jokic is 11-23 from the field (2-6 3FG’s) through 3 preseason games.
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.
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.
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.”
May 22, 2022 | 7:42 pm EDT Update
Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler (knee) intends to play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics on Monday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The six-time All-Star is being listed as questionable for Monday. Miami is also listing Kyle Lowry (hamstring), Tyler Herro (groin), P.J. Tucker (knee), Max Strus (hamstring) and Gabe Vincent (hamstring) as questionable.
May 22, 2022 | 5:43 pm EDT Update
Since these bench decorum issues generally have been resolved after the league intervenes, technical fouls have not been used a deterrent, and the league does not plan to start issuing techs during the conference finals. However, the topic will be discussed in the offseason, and the league will explore ways to address bench decorum during games in real time, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.