Nuggets’ Jokic sits out vs. Bulls with sprained right wrist

November 20, 2021 GMT
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, looks to drive to the rim as Philadelphia 76ers forward Georges Niang, front left, and center Charles Bassey defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Denver. Philadelphia won 103-89. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, looks to drive to the rim as Philadelphia 76ers forward Georges Niang, front left, and center Charles Bassey defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Denver. Philadelphia won 103-89. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, looks to drive to the rim as Philadelphia 76ers forward Georges Niang, front left, and center Charles Bassey defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Denver. Philadelphia won 103-89. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, looks to drive to the rim as Philadelphia 76ers forward Georges Niang, front left, and center Charles Bassey defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Denver. Philadelphia won 103-89. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, looks to drive to the rim as Philadelphia 76ers forward Georges Niang, front left, and center Charles Bassey defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Denver. Philadelphia won 103-89. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets were without reigning MVP Nikola Jokic on Friday night against the Chicago Bulls because of a sprained right wrist.

Jokic appeared to hurt the wrist the night before in a home loss to Philadelphia. The Nuggets big man is averaging 26.4 points, 13.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists.

“Any time any team in this league loses a really, really good player, and you’re talking about a guy that’s playing at an incredible level for a long period of time, it’s always a challenge,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said.

Jokic missed a win over Indiana on Nov. 10 as he served a one-game suspension for his role in a fracas with Miami’s Markieff Morris.

The Nuggets were already without Jamal Murray (knee) and Michael Porter Jr. (back).

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