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Nikola Jokic is active for Friday’s game vs. Mavericks [UPDATE]

The reigning MVP avoided a major knee injury and has no structural damage.

Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball during the game against Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz on October 26, 2021 at vivint.SmartHome Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo by Jeff Swinger/NBAE via Getty Images

Update, Oct. 29 - Jokic is active for Friday’s contest against the Mavericks. He was “trending towards playing” in in the lead-up to the game after being listed as questionable. This is great news for the Nuggets and the reigning MVP, who suffered a knee contusion Tuesday against the Jazz. Clearly, the injury is not a long-term threat to Jokic’s season.

Update, Oct. 28 — Nikola Jokic is being listed as questionable to play in Friday’s game vs. the Dallas Mavericks due to the knee injury he suffered on Tuesday night against the Jazz. Jokic knocked knees with Rudy Gobert and missed the entire second half after putting up 24 points in the first half. Jokic avoided major injury, which is a good sign, but could still be held out as a precaution.

Update: Jokic did not suffer any structural damage when he bumped knees with Rudy Gobert Tuesday, according to multiple media reports. That’s massive news for the Nuggets, who are relying on the reigning MVP to lead them through the season. Jokic’s status is uncertain for the team’s Friday game against the Mavericks.

Update: Despite warming up and putting up shots, Jokic will not return to Tuesday’s contest against the Jazz. The Nuggets are rightfully being cautious with the reigning league MVP and will likely have a better timetable on his injury Wednesday.

Update: Jokic is warming up and taking shots after halftime, which is a great sign for Nuggets fans.

Update: According to Mike Singer of The Denver Post, Jokic has a right knee contusion. He is questionable to return to Tuesday’s contest.

Denver Nuggets C Nikola Jokic has gone to the locker room early before half time of Tuesday’s game vs. the Utah Jazz. He went down with an apparent knee injury, but was able to go to the locker room under his own power.

Jokic appeared to bump knees with Jazz center Rudy Gobert, resulting in the injury. The Nuggets big man is obviously instrumental to the team’s success as the reigning league MVP. Denver is already without Jamal Murray, so losing Jokic for an extended period of time would be truly devastating. The big man appeared to be okay, as noted above but the Nuggets will be cautious with their star.

Denver is +900 to win the Western conference, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. Those odds will decline significantly if Jokic misses extended time. The Nuggets will still be considered a threat when Murray returns in the second half of the season but Jokic is the central piece of their championship puzzle.