Head coach Michael Malone mentioned on Wednesday the damage to Dozier “introduced tears to my eyes.”
DENVER — One other recreation, one other main damage for the Denver Nuggets.
The crew introduced late Wednesday afternoon that guard P.J. Dozier tore his ACL in a loss to the Path Blazers on Tuesday night time. Dozier fell to the ground in apparent ache within the first quarter after trying a layup over Portland’s Cody Zeller.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the crew “feared” that might be the case earlier within the day. Wojnarowski added extra exams could be finished, however the preliminary imaging on Tuesday night time prompt Dozier’s season may very well be over.
The Nuggets introduced Dozier “shall be out indefinitely” within the press launch confirming the ACL tear.
Denver has misplaced 5 straight video games and is already with out stars Jamal Murray (ACL) and Michael Porter Jr. (again) for the foreseeable future. Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic (wrist) has additionally missed three straight video games.
Talking with “Hastings, Harris and Dover” on Wednesday afternoon on Altitude Sports activities Radio 92.5, head coach Michael Malone was clearly very upset in regards to the damage.
“It actually introduced tears to my eyes due to not simply the participant P.J. Dozier is, however extra importantly the particular person he’s,” Malone mentioned. “I like him, I care about him and to see him injured like that was laborious to observe.”
Dozier, a key reserve for the Nuggets recognized for his defensive prowess, was averaging practically 19 minutes per recreation for Denver.
The Nuggets (9-9) return to motion on Friday night time at residence towards Milwaukee.
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