Nikola Jokic Questionable for Nuggets vs Thunder Due to Back Issue

‣ Nikola Jokic, the Denver Nuggets center, is listed as questionable for the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to lower back pain, marking a critical moment as he has only missed one of Denver’s 48 games this season.

‣ Jokic leads the NBA in several statistical categories in his ninth season, including win shares, box plus/minus, offensive box plus/minus, value over replacement player, and triple-doubles, underscoring his significant impact on the court.

‣ The new collective bargaining agreement requires players to appear in at least 65 regular-season games to be eligible for MVP and All-NBA teams, positioning Jokic as a strong candidate for his third MVP award, especially if he maintains his health and performance levels.

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Oh, the drama of the NBA! Denver Nuggets’ very own Nikola Jokic, a towering center of talent, finds himself tangled up with lower back pain. Now, he’s teetering on the edge of playing in Wednesday’s showdown against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Questionable, they say. And Jokic, at 28, has been the rock for Denver, missing just one game out of 48 this season. Quite the feat, huh?

Jokic’s stats? Stellar. Through 47 starts, he’s been racking up numbers like a kid in a candy store: 26.3 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 9.0 assists per game. Not to mention, 1.2 steals and clocking in at 33.7 minutes on the court each game. His shooting? On point. 58.5% from the field, 35.8% from beyond the arc, and 81.5% at the charity stripe. The man’s a six-time All-Star for a reason.

Now, here’s where it gets juicy. With Philly’s Joel Embiid needing to play it safe to stay in the MVP race, Jokic is the man to beat. Betting sites are all buzzing, putting him as the favorite. Luka Doncic is lurking around with the third-shortest odds, but it’s Jokic’s spotlight.

Clemente Almanza dropped the news bomb on Twitter. “Nikola Jokic (lower back pain) is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s Nuggets vs. Thunder game,” he tweeted. The anticipation builds.

The stakes? They’re high, thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement. Players need to hit at least 65 regular-season games to be in the MVP and All-NBA team talks. Jokic, barring any major setbacks, is on track to snag his third MVP. But let’s be real, he’d trade it all for another championship ring. Priorities, right?

Remember Denver’s clash with the Washington Wizards on Jan. 21? Jokic was a beast. A season-high 42 points, 12 rebounds, and a sprinkle of assists, steals, and blocks. All in a day’s work, packed into 37 minutes.

Jokic isn’t just playing; he’s rewriting the record books in his ninth season. Leading the league in win shares, box plus/minus, and, oh, those triple-doubles? He’s got 14. The man’s a walking, talking highlight reel.

Denver’s injury list isn’t too scary, aside from Vlatko Cancar and Julian Strawther nursing knee issues. Cancar’s out indefinitely, and Strawther won’t make the Wednesday game. But the Nuggets? They’re on a roll, with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games and dominating past encounters with Oklahoma City.

Speaking of Oklahoma City, they’re not sitting pretty. Four of their players are in the questionable corner — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort, Tre Mann, and Chet Holmgren. Jalen Williams? He’s sitting this one out against Denver. Despite recent stumbles, OKC’s home record is strong, with a 7-1 streak in their last eight.

Betting lines are still up in the air, but the Nuggets have been solid on the road and as favorites. Oklahoma City, though, shines at home and has a decent run as both favorites and underdogs. ESPN’s Basketball Power Index is throwing a 65.8% win chance OKC’s way. Let’s see if the Thunder can live up to those odds.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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