Nikola Jokic is questionable for Recreation 3 of the Denver Nuggets’ second-round sequence in opposition to the Los Angeles Clippers with a sprained proper wrist, the Nuggets introduced Sunday. Jokic is coming off an enormous Recreation 2 efficiency by which he scored 28 factors on 10-of-17 capturing to associate with 18 rebounds, 4 assists and three blocks. The Nuggets rode that stellar outing all the best way to a victory in Recreation 2, tying the sequence at 1-1 after getting blown out by the favored Clippers in Recreation 1. 

If Jokic does miss the sport, Mason Plumlee would possible transfer into the beginning lineup in his place, and rookie sensation Bol Bol would presumably change into the backup heart. Bol has performed solely 17 garbage-time minutes within the postseason to this point, however his mixture of dimension and capturing is unmatched, and he had a number of explosive performances within the earlier phases of the bubble. 

Jokic has been remarkably sturdy all through his profession. He did not miss a single recreation this season, and has by no means missed greater than 9 video games in a season as an entire. Thankfully, wrist accidents have a tendency to not be recurring. His long-term well being shouldn’t be essentially in danger, simply his availability for Recreation 3. If he’s out, Denver might be in deep trouble. The Nuggets have been 6.7 factors per 100 possessions higher with their famous person heart on the ground this season than on the bench. 

His presence is very essential in opposition to a Clippers staff whose dimension is considerably underwhelming. Ivica Zubac, whereas stable, doesn’t pose practically the deterrence to Jokic that Rudy Gobert did final spherical. Montrezl Harrell is a 6-8, offensive-minded backup. Neither are significantly outfitted to sluggish Jokic down, and that is without doubt one of the key’s to Denver’s slim upset hopes. The Nuggets him again to full energy as quickly as potential. 

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