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salt lake city» The short­term out­look for Nuggets cen­ter Nikola Jokic’s sprained wrist isn’t great. He prob­a­bly will be out the next three games, coach Michael Mal­one said Satur­day.

Jokic missed his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game Satur­day night.

“Talk­ing to Nikola, he wants to play right when he can catch the ball,” Mal­one said. “I think we’ll prob­a­bly be a lit­tle more cau­tious than that on this road trip, maybe get it looked at again just to kind of see where it’s at once the swelling goes down.”

Jokic’s play was trend­ing up at the time of his in­jury. He had con­sec­u­tive dou­ble-dou­ble games.

“Nikola is a big part of what we do,” Mal­one said, “es­pe­cially with that sec­ond unit. His us­age rate with that sec­ond unit and how of­ten we put the ball in his hands to play through him, we don’t have another guy on our ros­ter like that, es­pe­cially at the big po­si­tion.”

Shoot­ing guard Gary Har­ris has gone through an ex­tended warm-up in each of the last two games, and his re­cov­ery from a foot in­jury is pro­gress­ing to the point where it’s ex­pected he will at least start prac­tic­ing at some point dur­ing this six-game road trip.

“I think he’s ahead of sched­ule,” Mal­one said. “I don’t want to say any­thing that would be off base. I don’t know if he’s go­ing to be able to play at the end of this road trip. Maybe when we get back. I know that our med­i­cal staff has been very pleased about how he’s pro­gressed with his re­hab and his on-court work.”

Har­ris missed his 11th con­sec­u­tive game Satur­day night.

“Hope­fully on this road trip we can kind of ramp him up and try and in­te­grate him back into do­ing some things in prac­tice,” Mal­one said. “And then from there, maybe get him into a game, when­ever that is.”

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