Nikola Jokic injury update: Nuggets star ruled out vs. Trail Blazers with sprained wrist

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The Denver Nuggets have been without their superstar and the league’s reigning MVP Nikola Jokic for two games now and it could be more. 

Jokic has missed the team’s last two games with a right wrist injury. The ultra-durable star has now missed three of the Nuggets’ first 17 games — 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.

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What’s next for Jokic? Here’s everything we know about his injury.

What is Nikola Jokic’s injury?

Hours before the Nov. 23 game against the Blazers, the Nuggets declared Jokic out with a right wrist sprain.

Nikola Jokić (right wrist sprain) is OUT for tonight’s game.

Zeke Nnaji will be active tonight.

— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) November 24, 2021

It’s an injury that the big man reportedly suffered midway through the team’s 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 two games. 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 their Nov. 23 game against the Trail Blazers with a 9-8 record, good for sixth in the West at the time of this writing.

Following their game in Portland, Denver will return home to host the Bucks on Nov. 26. They’ll then begin a seven-game road trip in Miami on Nov. 29.

Date Opponent Time (ET)
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
Dec. 4 at Knicks 1:00 p.m. 

Currently, the Nuggets rank 12th in defensive rating (105.4) and 21th in offensive rating (106.0). 

*Stats as of Nov. 23

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