DALLAS — Nikola Jokic watched from the bench as the final seconds of a deflating 118-107 loss to the Dallas Mavericks ticked away on Tuesday at American Airlines Center. Jokic was seated near the end of the row of chairs. He wore his blue warmup top. A white towel was draped over his shoulders.
Denver’s star center didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter as Denver tried to erase a double-digit Dallas lead. Jokic’s night was done when Mason Plumlee checked in for him with 3:38 in the third quarter. He exited the game with four points on 2-9 shooting and never returned. He could only sit and watch as his team’s playoff chances suffered a severe blow.