Adrian Wojnarowski: Denver Nuggets guard P.J. Dozier is feared to have suffered an ACL tear to his left knee, sources tell ESPN. More evaluation needs to be done today, but initial imaging late Tuesday in Portland suggested a possible end to his season.
When P.J. Dozier landed awkwardly on his left knee off a drive late in the first quarter, it was hard to believe the Nuggets’ stunning string of bad luck. Dozier was carried off the court by two team teammates, and the beleaguered Nuggets fell, 119-100 to Portland, losing their fifth game in a row. “I thought the key to this game was the last three minutes or so of that second quarter,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “They close on an 18-3 run. The most disappointing thing about that run by Portland was that everything that was working for us to that point – the ball movement, making the extra pass, executing – went out the window, and all the sudden we became a selfish basketball team.”
Michael Singer: Nuggets injury report: P.J. Dozier (adductor) is still out. No Barton or MPJ on report.
Michael Singer: Malone said he’s not ruling out Will Barton for Game 1. Said he hopes Dozier can return sometime this series. Barton went through parts of practice today, as did Dozier. Was the first day Dozier did so.
Mike Singer: Will Barton (hamstring) and P.J. Dozier (adductor) are both out for tomorrow’s Game 6, I’m told.
Michael Singer: Will Barton (hamstring) and P.J. Dozier (adductor) are both out for tomorrow’s Game 6, I’m told.
Jamie Hudson: Nuggets Injury Report for Game 5: Will Barton (right hamstring; strain), PJ Dozier (right adductor; strain) and Jamal Murray (left ACL; surgery) are out.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets injury report for Game 1: - Will Barton and PJ Dozier are out - Austin River (non-covid illness) is questionable
Michael Singer: Plan is for P.J. Dozier to get an MRI today on his hip. #Nuggets got in late last night/early this morning. Team will update his status accordingly, I'm told.
November 30, 2021 | 12:56 pm EST Update
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent center DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins, 31, is a 10-year NBA veteran with averages of 20.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocked shots in 606 career regular season games for the Kings, Pelicans, Warriors, Rockets and Clippers.
Keith Smith: Something to keep an eye on: Caleb Martin is on a Two-Way with the Miami Heat. Two-Way players are limited to 50 NBA games on the active roster. If I have my counting correct, Martin is currently at 19 active games. He’s become a key rotation player for the Heat as a Two-Way guy.
Phoenix, at 17-3, has separated itself as the most relevant conference competitor. They won the West a season ago and have ripped off an in-progress 16-game win streak to caution the league against labeling it a fluke. They’re a complete operation in a league riddled with flawed rosters. “Sixteen in a row,” Draymond Green said. “You want to go be the team to stop that.”
“Guys believe we can play and beat anybody, and I think we’ve shown that, regardless of what the circumstances are,” said Finch, who politely declined to discuss Carlisle’s apology. “We just have to keep doing that every night. Our problem is as a young team we aren’t always there mentally, and we have to get dialed back in and be a little more business-like in our approach sometimes.” Suddenly, the Wolves are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for fifth in the West, and it is not just the players who are getting noticed. When asked by Wolves play-by-play announcer Dave Benz about Finch before the game, Carlisle said he had great respect for him. “He’s coached all over the world,” Carlisle said. “His resume is a little bit like (Toronto Raptors coach) Nick Nurse. He’s coached all kinds of different places, all kinds of different situations.”
Sarah K. Spencer: Onyeka Okongwu has been doing more live work, per Nate McMillan. In the next couple days, he’ll go to the Skyhawks to play 5-on-5 in practice. “We slowly are trying to build him up.” After a couple practices, they’ll see if Okongwu can play in a G League game, per McMillan.
Sarah K. Spencer: Nate McMillan said Cam Reddish was limited to shooting in practice today. He’s day-to-day, so too soon to say if Reddish will play tomorrow vs. Indiana. Says Reddish will be a game-time decision.