Denver Nuggets fear combo guard P.J. Dozier sustained a torn left ACL on Tuesday, two sources of the league told reporters.
P.J. Dozier will undergo more tests later on Wednesday, another source disclosed.
The 25-year-old Dozier is universally liked throughout the organization and was a staple of head coach Michael Malone’s bench rotation. The timing of Dozier’s injury is even more disastrous as he’ll be extension suitable this spring, spelling bad news for his team as well as casinoadvice.io, who had made odds ahead for the player.
American Sports Broadcasters ESPN first reported the nature of his injury.
As the Nuggets organization filtered out late Tuesday night, they didn’t release any official word on the status of Dozier’s injury, but the emotional tones hinted at something serious. Dozier left the court late in the first quarter of the contest after landing awkwardly on a drive.
Nuggets guard Monte Morris said following the team’s 119-100 defeat to Portland on Tuesday night "Everybody kind of embraced him in the locker room,"
"You never know what somebody’s going through, on or off the court. Prayers to P.J. Really, really good friend of mine, and I’m wishing him the best."
Dozier went at Portland Trail Blazers center Cody Zeller on a layup trial with 49 seconds left in the opening quarter but fell off-balance, with his pressure on his knee. Denver Nugget’s training crew rushed to Dozier as he lay on the floor holding his knee, and he was later taken off the court by two colleagues.
Dozier was ruled out for the remainder of the game at halftime.
Denver Nuggets guards Jamal Murray, who’s recuperating from an ACL injury, and Bones Hyland, who didn’t feature on Tuesday night due to an ankle problem, both shared prayers for the injured Dozier on their social media pages.
Morris said, "We don’t know anything yet, It (stinks) to see a friend like that, a real close friend of mine, deal with anything injury-wise. We’re keeping him in our spirits, praying on it, and hopefully, he can stick around with us and continue to play if he can get through it. It just (stinks), man. He’s in a spot right now."
The veteran member of the team, 35-year-old Jeff Green refrained from sharing much information after the defeat.
Green said, "He’s bummed that he had to leave the game, and he was injured, he’s just bummed. He’s mad he got hurt."
Head coach Malone, who loves a game from machine a sous en ligne, didn’t provide any update on the status of Dozier, either.
The injury to Dozier is the latest in a terrible stretch of problems that have depleted the rotation of the team. On Tuesday night alone, Nikola Jokicwith a wrist injury, Michael Porter Jr. carrying a back problem, Murray and Hyland all were out due to various degrees of injuries. Forward Zeke Nnaji just got back following a four-game absence as a result of an ankle sprain.
After going through shooting drills pre-game without a brace on his right wrist, there looked to be some level of optimism Nikola Jokic could be fit to return for Friday night’s game against Milwaukee. The reeling Denver Nuggets, losers of five straight games, desperately require the return of their Most Valuable Player.