The Denver Nuggets continue losing players to injuries left and right. The most recent one to head to the sidelines is veteran forward PJ Dozier, who is dealing with a season-ending ACL injury.
Dozier got injured early in Denver’s 109-100 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. The 25-year-old landed awkwardly during a layup attempt and immediately crashed on the floor. He had to be helped off the court.
On Wednesday, Dozier underwent an MRI test, and Nuggets’ worst fears turned out to be true. He was diagnosed with an ACL tear in his left knee and will be out “indefinitely,” according to Denver’s official statement.
PJ Dozier has been solid for the Nuggets since joining the franchise in 2019. He provided reliable defense from the team while also being capable of contributions on offense. In 18 games he played this season, Dozier averaged 5.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game.
Before losing Dozier, the Denver Nuggets were already without a number of key and rotational players. Their injury list includes All-Star Jamal Murray, who is out for some time with torn ACL, and Michael Porter Jr., who is possibly out for the season with a lower back injury.
Denver managed to weather through their injury woes at first, but they have fallen off a cliff recently. They are currently riding a five-game losing streak and found themselves on 10th place in Western Conference with a 9-9 record.