The Denver Nuggets will be without their superstar and the league’s reigning MVP Nikola Jokic when they take on the Bulls at home.
This is the first game that Jokic will miss this season due to an injury, with the only other game he didn’t suit up for so far was due to a suspension, following his altercation with the Miami Heat’s Markieff Morris.
Through 14 games, he’s averaging career-highs of 26.4 points and 13.6 rebounds while also dishing out 6.4 assists on career-high shooting efficiencies of 59.3 percent from the field and 41.0 percent from beyond the arc.
What’s next for Jokic? Here’s everything we know about his injury.
What is Nikola Jokic’s injury?
Hours before the game against the Bulls, the Nuggets declared Jokic out with a right wrist sprain.
Nikola Jokić (right wrist sprain) is OUT tonight
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) November 20, 2021
It’s an injury that the Serbian big man reportedly suffered midway through the team’s previous game, a home loss against the Philadelphia 76ers. Although he played until the end, he was seen favouring it in the second half.
How long is Nikola Jokic out?
It’s currently unknown if Jokic will miss more than one game. In addition, the Nuggets will be without other key young stars in Jamal Murray (ACL) and Michael Porter Jr. (back).
The Serbian has been one of the most reliable players in his career, having missed just 20 games through his six previous seasons.
Nuggets upcoming schedule
The Nuggets enter this Bulls game with a 9-6 record, good for sixth in the West prior to Friday’s games.
After this Bulls game, Denver will kick-off a road-heavy schedule as they play nine of their next 10 games away from home.
|Nov. 21||at Suns||8:00 p.m.|
|Nov. 23||at Trail Blazers||10:00 p.m|
|Nov. 26||vs. Bucks||9:00 p.m|
|Nov. 29||at Heat||7:30 p.m|
|Dec. 1||at Magic||7:00 p.m|
Currently, the Nuggets rank third in defensive rating (103.8) and 20th in offensive rating (106.2).