The NBA season is nearing its conclusion, and the focus on star players’ health intensifies. The Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics are facing uncertainty with Nikola Jokic and Robert Williams III, while the New Orleans Pelicans continue to monitor the progress of Jose Alvarado and Zion Williamson.

Nuggets’ Jokic’s Calf Strain Raises Concerns

The Denver Nuggets are exercising caution with their MVP candidate, Nikola Jokic, who is listed as questionable for the upcoming game against the New Orleans Pelicans due to right calf tightness. The Nuggets, with a secure 51-24 record, are prioritizing Jokic’s health as they prepare for the postseason.

If Jokic misses the game, expect Thomas Bryant and Zeke Nnaji to see increased playing time, while Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. shoulder more offensive responsibilities.

Celtics’ Williams III Navigates Injury Management

The Boston Celtics have deemed Robert Williams III questionable for their game against the Milwaukee Bucks as they manage his injury history. Williams has undergone surgery on his right knee twice in the past season and recently returned from a hamstring injury.

Williams’ playing status may be impacted by the Celtics’ back-to-back schedule. He might sit out either the game against the Bucks or the following matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Pelicans’ Alvarado Healing Gradually

New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jose Alvarado has been out of action since February 28 due to a right tibial stress reaction. Although the injury is healing, progress has been slow. Alvarado’s re-evaluation is set for early April, with the possibility of missing the remainder of the regular season. A return during the play-in tournament remains uncertain.

Williamson Awaits Re-Evaluation for Return

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Zion Williamson has been sidelined with a right hamstring strain since January 2. Despite an initial positive recovery, a setback on March 8 has left him awaiting another re-evaluation. Williamson is currently participating in on-court activities, but his status for the regular season is questionable. The Pelicans are hopeful for his return in time for the play-in tournament if they can secure a spot.

As the NBA playoffs approach, teams and fans alike are keeping a close eye on key players’ injury statuses. With Jokic, Williams III, Alvarado, and Williamson all nursing various injuries, their teams must adapt and strategize accordingly for the remaining games and beyond.

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