Two sources told The Denver Post that the Nuggets fear combo guard PJ Dozier suffered a torn left arm from the ACL on Tuesday night.
A source said the dossier would be further tested later today.
Dossier, 25, is universally loved in the Nuggets’ organization and was a mainstay of coach Michael Malone’s bench rotation. Injury timing is even more devastating as he will be expandable this spring.
ESPN was the first to report the nature of the injury in the dossier.
As the nuggets filtered from Portland’s Moda Center late Tuesday, they had no official word on the status of the dossier, but the emotional tone suggested something serious. Dozier was out of action late in the first quarter after landing awkwardly on the drive.
“Everybody hugged him in the locker room,” Nuggets guard Monte Morris said after the team’s 119-100 loss to Portland on Tuesday night. “You never know what’s going to happen to someone on or off the court. Prayers to PJ. Truly, my very best friend, and I wish them all the best.”
Dozier went into a lay-up attempt at Blazers center Cody Zeller and had 49 seconds left in the first quarter, but came off balance, with all the pressure on his left knee. Denver’s training staff ran up to him as he lay on the court holding his knee, and was later kicked off the court by two teammates.
He was out for the rest of the game by halftime.
Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, who is recovering from an ACL tear, and rookie Bones Hyland, who did not play Tuesday due to an ankle sprain, both shared prayers for the dossier on their social media accounts.
everyone sends prayers for my boy @Dozier_Kid
— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) November 24, 2021
hurt that one word…pray to my brother man.. @Dozier_Kid
— Bones Highland (@BizzyBones11) November 24, 2021
“We don’t know anything yet,” Morris said. “It (smells) to see such a friend, a real close friend of mine, deal with any hurt. We are keeping him in our spirits, praying on him and hope he stays with us and continues to play if he can recover from it. It just (smells), man. He’s in one place right now.”
Veteran Jeff Greene refrained from sharing many details after the loss.
“He’s disappointed that he had to leave the game, and he was injured,” Green said. “She’s just amazed. She’s mad. She’s hurt.”
Malone also did not provide an update on the status of the dossier.
Dossier’s injury is the latest in a horrific stretch of issues that have ended the Nuggets’ rotation. On Tuesday alone, Nikola Jokic (wrist), Michael Porter Jr. (back), Murray and Hyland were all ruled out with injuries. Forward Zeke Nanaji returned after a four-game absence due to an ankle sprain.
After going through pre-game shooting practice without a brace on his right wrist, there appeared to be some degree of optimism that Jock could return for Friday’s game against Milwaukee. Reeling Nuggets, five straight losers are in dire need of a return to their MVP.
Dossier’s injury led to an ugly showing from the remaining healthy Nuggets. Malone destroyed his team for his selfish game during a game-changing 18-3 run late in the second quarter, and Morris turned people away from plays.
“We have to be tougher,” Morris said. “We’re getting punk out there.”