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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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As the deadline approaches for college basketball players entered in the NBA Draft to decide whether to turn pro or remain in college, Kentucky’s Wenyen Gabriel is a busy man. The sophomore from Sudan was not invited to last week’s pre-draft Combine in Chicago like five of his UK teammates, but that doesn’t mean Gabriel hasn’t been seen by NBA teams. During a pre-draft workout at Sacramento’s facility on Monday, Gabriel said the Kings were his fifth NBA visit. The 6-foot-9 forward said he previously stopped in Oklahoma City, Utah, Milwaukee and Brooklyn.
The Hawks have reached an agreement with Melvin Hunt to join head coach Lloyd Pierce’s staff as an assistant, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The hiring is expected to become official later Tuesday. Hunt will be the first assistant coach to be hired for Pierce’s staff since he was named Hawks head coach on May 11.
You’ve said you’d like to own an NBA team. Kevin Durant: I wish I had the money. It’s crazy. Obviously, the financial part is definitely going to be the hardest part. I’ve been part of two great organizations. I know the game inside and out and I know the players. And I feel like these NBA franchises just change lives. They change cities. I would love to do that. All the aspects of owning a team, I would love to be involved in — from the financial and marketing side to the team-building to the camaraderie to the coaching.
Clearly, Durant has been dropping dimes of the literal kind. So we sat down with him to discuss his presence in Silicon Valley, his growing empire and whether his ultimate investment might come in the form of an owner’s suite. ESPN: How much smarter of a businessman are you than you were, say, two years ago? Kevin Durant: I have mentors like Ron Conway [early-stage Google and PayPal investor] and Ben Horowitz [co-founder of Silicon Valley venture capital fund Andreessen Horowitz] and good friendships with guys like Chris Lyons [chief of staff for Andreessen Horowitz]. I mean, you just go to dinner with these guys, hang out with them. You start to meet these types of people at games. It’s a little easier being here than saying, “Let’s meet up when I come in from Oklahoma.”