Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie will need surgery for torn ligaments in his right thumb, although the team doesn't know how soon that would be or the length of the recovery.
For now, the Nets only ruled out their sixth man for Friday's game against the New York Knicks. The team says it is consulting with doctors on the best course of action.
Coach Kenny Atkinson said it's even possible Dinwiddie could continue playing with the injury and delay surgery until the offseason, but didn't want to speculate further. He said the decision will be made by doctors, Dinwiddie and his family.
Dinwiddie is averaging 17.2 points. Atkinson says the guard was originally hurt about two months ago and the injury has gotten progressively worse.
Suspended for game
Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic received a one-game suspension for leaving the bench during an altercation.
Jokic missed Friday night's game against the Phoenix Suns.
The Serbian center stepped toward the court during Wednesday's 114-108 loss at Utah when teammate Mason Plumlee and Derrick Favors of the Jazz engaged in an altercation near the basket. The league ruled that Jokic's "proximity to the altercation and aggressive manner created the potential for further escalation of the situation."
Jokic leads the Nuggets in points (19.8), rebounds (10.3) and assists (7.7) this season.
Plumlee received a $25,000 fine for the incident that occurred late in the first quarter and Favors was fined $15,000.
Joel Embiid rests back
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will miss Saturday’s game at Denver. Embiid has been battling a back issue for more than a week. Forward Wilson Chandler also will not play Saturday.
Embiid missed three of the past nine games with back soreness. Missing Saturday’s game will give him five days of rest before Tuesday’s game at the Los Angeles Lakers.
On Thursday, Embiid was named an All-Star starter for the second consecutive season.