The Denver Nuggets have secured the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and will be heading into a back-to-back set over the weekend to close out the regular season. Denver will be playing the Utah Jazz, who have been eliminated from playoff and play-in tournament contention. Here’s a look at the statuses for Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. for Saturday’s contest.
Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr. injury updates
Update: All three stars, plus Gordon and Caldwell-Pope, are listed as available. We’ll see how much run they actually get but it seems like the Nuggets will at least have some action with their starters in this game.
Update: Malone said all three of his stars, along with Aaron Gordon and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, are expected to be available for Saturday’s game. It’s unlikely everyone plays heavy minutes but it looks like the Nuggets are trying to at least maintain some semblance of game action before a week off.
All three players are listed as questionable for the Nuggets, so this will likely come down to a decision for Mike Malone and the staff. Malone was not happy about the way his group played against the Rockets, and he might want to give all three guys some playing time before the postseason actually begins. However, given the injury history for Murray and Porter Jr., it seems like all three guys will probably sit out this game and Sunday’s contest to enter the first round playoff series without any problems.