Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams has suffered another frustrating injury, limping out of his side's 114-112 loss to Denver Nuggets on Thursday (NZ time).
Adams, 27, played 13 minutes of his New Orleans Pelicans side's defeat, before appearing to re-aggravate a sprained toe injury.
The latest blow comes after battling an ankle injury in the Pelicans' season, as well as missing his side's last game - a 120-103 win over Los Angeles Clippers with an injured toe.
In his short time on court, Adams scored two points and made two assists, as well as securing one rebound and making another steal.
The Pelicans went on to lose the thrilling encounter in the dying moments, as Nikola Jokic blocked an attempted leveller from Zion Williamson, with 2.2 seconds left on the clock.
Adams' injury leaves him in doubt for New Orleans' next NBA encounter, against his former side Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday (NZ time).
The Pelicans are 11th in the NBA's Western Conference, four wins behind 10th place Golden State Warriors. New Orleans have won 27 and lost 35 of their games this season - and sit 20 victories behind the conference leading Utah Jazz.