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Nikola Jokic sprains left ankle against the Bulls

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Jokic left the game and did not return

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Denver Nuggets Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

As if things couldn’t get any worse for the Denver Nuggets injury-wise, star center Nikola Jokic sprained his ankle late in the first half against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.

Jokic stepped on the foot of Bulls guard Jerian Grant while driving to the basket and immediately went down wincing in pain. Though he struggled to get up, Jokic was able to sink both free throws before limping to the locker room for further evaluation. He did not return to the game.

Fortunately for him and the Nuggets, x-rays came back negative and Jokic was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain. No other update was given by Coach Michael Malone after the game.

The Nuggets were already without two of their starters heading into tonight’s game as Paul Millsap is out for a few months with a torn ligament in his wrist while Wilson Chandler has been experiencing lower back pain. Let’s hope that Jokic’s ankle heals quickly - losing him for a period of time would be detrimental for the Nuggets.

Stay tuned for more updates.