Jokic returns to Nuggets in New Orleans after 2-game absence IG News

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nikola Jokic was back in Denver’s starting lineup Tuesday night against New Orleans after missing the Nuggets’ previous two games due to tightness in his left hamstring.

The 7-foot center from Serbia is a two-time NBA MVP. He is averaging 25.1 points, 11 rebounds and 9.9 assists this season.

His return comes against a Pelicans squad that is missing its two top offensive players, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.

Pelicans coach Willie Green said before tipoff that if Jokic returned, it would complicate their game plan.

“He’s a great player for a reason, because he makes it very difficult for the coaching staff to identify him. He makes it difficult for teams and players,” Green said. They are going to impact the game at some point.”

The Nuggets entered the night leading the Western Conference with a 33–14 record. Jokic has gone 3-3 in six games, including a loss in his last game against Oklahoma City on Sunday, which snapped a nine-game winning streak.

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