Monte Morris confirms Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic "fine" after knee panic

After hitting knees with Utah center Rudy Gobertin Tuesday’s eventual 122-110 defeat, Nikola Jokicfell was in agony, his right knee in pain. Down for some beats, Jokicfinally walked off the basketball court to the visiting dressing room, albeit with a visible limp.
Although Nikola Jokic’s right knee was visibly swollen on Wednesday there was no major structural damage, as per a league source.

When Jokicfell was on the court, there was only 1:54 left in the first half of the game. He went back to the court with more than 6 minutes remaining of the halftime, anxious to test the strength of the knee. Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone came up to Jokic and questioned how it felt. When Nikola Jokic on formed Malone his knee felt a bit weak, coach Malone made the decision to sit him on the bench for the rest of the game night.

Malone said via, "He’s far too important for this team for us to risk him being out there if he’s not feeling confident about it."

Michael Malone had watched this movie before. If it was up to Nikola Jokic, there’s a null chance he would’ve attempted to return to the court on his own. In Malone’s thought, there was no point making such a risk.

Even after the match, better news emerged from the locker room of Denver Nugget.

Questioned how he thought Nikola Jokic was doing, Denver Nuggets point guard Monte Morris had a brief discussion with the reigning MVP.

Morris disclosed, "He said he thinks he’s fine."

Nuggets’ Aaron Gordon, whose 20-point, 7-rebound on the night helped the team hang around into the 4th quarter of the game, doubled down on the assessment of Morris.

Gordon said, "Not too worried he seems all right. He seems in good spirits."

As the team departed Vivint Arena, the mood, even after a defeat, was very light. There was a visible sense that the worst had been averted.

Malone reminded his team that in February last year, they’d come under the same roof and won on 2 consecutive nights with only 7 lads. Though the circumstances were different on Tuesday night, with Nikola Jokic out and both Vlatko Cancar and Jamal Murray rehabbing back in Denver Nugget, there were shades of that side's resiliency.

Will Barton was attacked and slashed on its way to 21 points on a 9-for-16 shooting. Aaron Gordon did just the same, running downhill inside the lane for a large part of his 20 points. Both were hostile and the primary is Denver Nuggets were down one point heading into the fourth.

Gordon said via machine a sous en argent reel, "Not having big fella in the game down the stretch hurt us because we were kind of looking for something to do that was a winnable game."

It was a great sight after Michael Malone had called out his side’s passive approach in Monday’s defeat to Cleveland.
Malone said, "I think one of the worst things in the world is when people feel sorry for themselves, I hate that, and we don’t have that."

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