The Denver Nuggets are not the same team when Nikola Jokic is not on the court, they are 13.6 points per 100 possessions worse. They came back to beat the Bulls without him after he sprained his ankle, but that’s the Bulls. Starting next Monday, the Nuggets have seven of eight on the road, with some quality teams mixed in.
The Nuggets need to hope he is back by then, or at least early in the trip, because he is going to miss a little time, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
That could be a lot worse.
The Nuggets are the seven seed in the West right now, with a healthy cushion over the nine-seed Clippers and Thunder (only one of those teams is likely to turn things around). They can survive for a little while without Jokic, hopefully he is back soon