Nikola Jokic leaves Tuesday’s game with a knee contusion; No structural damage found


Denver Nuggets center MVP Nikola Jokic left Tuesday night’s game with a bruised knee after colliding with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert.

Jokic underwent tests on Wednesday, and it revealed no structural damage to his right knee.

The Nuggets lost 122-110 to Utah.

The Denver Post reported that Jokic’s knee was sore Wednesday morning, but it appears the star center avoided a major injury.

Gobert was attempting to drive over Jokic along the baseline when the two players hit their knees.

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Jokic immediately fell and appeared to be in great pain as he held his knee to the ground.

After leaving the game with 1:54 left in the second quarter, Jokic was listed as doubtful to return by the team.

However, as he warmed up at halftime, head coach Michael Malone spoke to his cross and then called to keep him out for the remainder of the game.

“He said he felt a little weak, and I just shut him up,” Malone said after the loss. ” I decided ; it is not his decision to make.

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Malone later added: “What I learned about Nikola is that if you leave him to Nikola he will play every game. So sometimes I have to make decisions for him, and it doesn’t. made no sense to me when he told me that it seemed a little weak to him to play in the second half. And that’s for any player.… It just didn’t make sense that Nikola was going for a second night in a row and the risk of any further damage.

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Denver is already without star Jamal Murray, who is recovering from an ACL tear suffered in April.

Jokic won his first MVP award last season and has started well this year.

He had 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and had 8 of 9 shots in 15 minutes in the first half against Utah.

Jokic entered Tuesday’s game averaging 27.7 points, 16.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists.