Reigning back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic is ruled out of the Denver Nuggets’ game against the Knicks after entering the NBA’s healthy and safety protocols – becoming the 10th player to do so this season
- Nikola Jokic has entered the league’s health and safety protocols on Tuesday
- NBA players are not required to undergo regular Covid-19 testing this season
- But they must be checked in certain situations, such as showing symptoms
- He becomes the second Denver player currently in protocols, with Bones Hyland
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Reigning back-to-back NBA MVP Nikola Jokic has entered the league’s health and safety protocols and has been ruled out of Denver’s game against New York on Wednesday.
The Nuggets made the announcement Tuesday night on their league-mandated injury report.
Jokic becomes the 10th player to enter the protocols this season. Players are not required to undergo regular testing this season, but there are certain situations where they must be checked for COVID-19.
Reigning back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic has entered the league’s health and safety protocols
Examples of when players must be tested include when they are exhibiting any symptoms, or when someone in their household tests positive for COVID-19. Entering the protocols does not necessarily mean that someone is positive for the virus.
Jokic is averaging 20.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.9 assists through 13 games this season.
He becomes the second Denver player currently in protocols; backup point guard Bones Hyland has also been ruled out for Wednesday.
Jokic is averaging 20.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.9 assists through 13 games this season
They will have to clear the league’s guidelines before being able to return to the floor, with a maximum of 10 days before they are automatically cleared.
That means Jokic will also have to miss out on facing off against fellow star Luka Donic this weekend.
The Nuggets head away from home to take on the Dallas Mavericks on both Friday and Sunday, before returning home to face the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.