Nikola Jokic misses game with wrist injury, no timeline for his return
Nikola Jokic has been playing at an MVP-level to start the season: 24.6 points and 13.6 rebounds a game, a ridiculous 66.8 true shooting percentage (including 41% on 3-pointers), plus he leads the league in several advanced stats such as win share, boxscore +/-, VORP and PER. Put simply, Jokic is playing at a higher, more efficient level this season than last season when he won MVP.
Which is why it is bad news for the Nuggets that Jokic was in street clothes with a wrist injury Friday night in a loss to the Bulls. Jokic injured his wrist against the 76ers and was in a brace on Friday. When Nuggets coach Mike Malone was asked when Jokic would return, he gave a very vague answer, via Mike Singer of the Denver Post:
It was evident how much the Nuggets missed him — the Bulls had 17 offensive rebounds (36.5% of their missed shots the Bulls got a second chance), and the Denver offense fell apart in critical possessions.
For the season, the Nuggets outscore opponents by 12.5 points per 100 possessions when Jokic is on the court, but get outscored by 11.1 per 100 when he sits. That’s a massive swing.
The Nuggets are already without Jamal Murray (ACL, hopes to return later this season) and Michael Porter Jr. (back, no timeline for his return).