DENVER – The shorthanded Denver Nuggets confirmed Wednesday that goaltender PJ Dozier’s season was over after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in a 119-100 loss to Portland on Tuesday night.
Dozier was injured when he landed awkwardly after cutting the way for a layup late in the first quarter while being guarded by Cody Zeller. He collapsed to the ground, grabbing her left knee.
The Nuggets have been hit hard by injuries and have lost five straight games after starting 9-4 despite the absence of star goaltender Jamal Murray, who is not expected to return from a torn ACL until spring.
Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic has been out for three games with a sprained right wrist, rookie Bones Hyland is missing with a sprained right ankle and rising star Michael Porter Jr. has missed several games with injury. in the back.
The Denver Post reported Porter has a nervous problem that could require end-of-season surgery just months after signing a five-year rookie-wide maximum extension with the Nuggets that is guaranteed for 145.3 million. of dollars and could be worth up to 172 million dollars.
The Nuggets welcome defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks Friday night to the Ball Arena before heading off on a seven-game trip.