Nikola Jokic, 3 other Nuggets out for clash vs. Suns
Mar 31, 2023, 4:41 PM | Updated: 4:42 pm
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The Denver Nuggets list Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray among a group of key players as out on Friday against the Phoenix Suns.
Jokic (right calf tightness), Murray (knee injury management), Michael Porter Jr. (heel injury management) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (illness) are all out.
Big man Vlatko Cancar (ankle sprain) will play while Jack White (health and safety protocols) is probable.
Holding the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, Denver takes a three-game lead over the Memphis Grizzlies into a Friday game at Footprint Center.
It’s also the second night of a back-to-back and the Nuggets have the division locked in and — more than likely — their top seed in order.
Jokic, an MVP favorite, sat out Thursday in a 107-88 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Porter Jr., Murray and Caldwell-Pope all started and played somewhat regular minutes until the game got out of reach.
Phoenix has a clean injury report Friday. The Suns last played Wednesday and in Kevin Durant’s home debut as a member of the team won their third in a row.