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Denver Nuggets' big man Nikola Jokic sprains ankle, does not return vs. Bulls

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Nikola Jokic sprained his left ankle in the first half of Thursday’s game against Chicago and did not return.

The 6-foot-10 center suffered the injury when he stepped on Bulls guard Jerian Grant’s foot while spinning toward the rim. Jokic immediately fell to the ground in pain, though he was able to attempt the resulting free throw and leave the court under his own power.

Jokic is averaging 15.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per contest for the Nuggets, who entered Thursday’s contest sporting an 11-9 record. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, further testing on Friday revealed that the Serbian big man had suffered no structural damage, but that the sprain would still keep him out of action for “several games.”

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