Denver Nuggets center and current League MVP Nikola Jokic was ruled out of Tuesday night’s game at Utah in the third quarter with a right knee contusion.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was trying to push Jokic along the baseline in the second quarter when he hit his knees with him. Jokic fell almost immediately and was in great pain as he held onto the area of his right knee.
He left the game with 1:54 left in the second quarter.
Initially, Jokic was listed as questionable to return for the team. After half time, Jokic was on the court to warm up but did not start the second half. It was later discarded for the rest of the contest.
The Nuggets are already without star point guard Jamal Murray, who is recovering from a torn ACL he sustained in April.
Jokic won his first MVP award last season and is off to a good start. He had 24 points, six rebounds and six assists while hitting 8 of 9 shots in 15 minutes in the first half against Utah.