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Jokic returns to Nuggets in New Orleans after 2 game absence – KGET 17

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nikola Jokic returned to Denver’s starting lineup Tuesday night against New Orleans after missing the Nuggets’ previous two games with left hamstring strain.

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

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

Pelicans coach Willie Green said before tip-off that if Jokic returns, it would complicate his game plan.

“He’s a great player for a reason, because he makes it difficult for the coaching staff to find him. He makes it difficult for teams and players,” Green said. “Guys who touch the ball that much are going to affect the game at some point.”

The Nuggets entered the night leading the Western Conference at 33-14. They went 3-3 in the six games Jokic missed, including a loss in the previous game against Oklahoma City on Sunday that snapped a nine-game winning streak.

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