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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.
Katy Winge: Nikola Jokic on his leg: “my knee is good.”
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: 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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May 13, 2021 | 5:03 am EDT Update
The Sun-Times, as well as several other media outlets, reported at the start of the 2020-21 campaign that it was important for LaVine to be given max money moving forward. However, there are several sources who said that might not be the case any longer, as adding key role players around him could persuade LaVine to give the Bulls a slight discount.
The league continues to monitor every potential impact coronavirus could have on its players. Discussions are near constant and have included the possibility of delaying playoff games in the instance of positive tests, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Those conversations have not gone so far to set a tipping point. Teams with fewer vaccinated players are naturally at greater risk of seeing cases spread among teammates.
This is old hat by now for the presumptive MVP. According to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Reports, Jokic has been on the wrong end of a bad call a league-leading 14 times this season. Twice as many as the second-most player.
That said, Jokic has been getting the fuzzy end of the lollipop for a lot longer than just this season. According to @atlhawksfanatic database of Last Two Minute Reports, Jokic has been on the wrong end of more bad calls than anyone else since 2015, which is as far back as the data goes. The chart below shows the players who have been disadvantaged the most from bad calls since the NBA started publicizing the Last Two Minute Reports.
He’s shooting three fewer attempts per game this season and three fewer 3-point attempts. “He has some guys out on the floor with him this year that we feel can help,” McMillan said. “He doesn’t have to put so much pressure on himself to be that scorer. He has weapons out on the floor with him and what he has to do is not put that pressure on himself to win the game himself. He has some guys who can help him do that.”