C - DEN
Nikola Jokic recorded 20 points (9-16 FG, 1-4 3PT, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one turnover in Saturday night's defeat to the Lakers.
That's a wrap for Jokic and his Nuggets, as they failed to complete the fourth quarter rally against the Lakers. He actually only saw a mere eight minutes of action in the first half because of early foul trouble, something he really struggled with this series. Nevertheless, it was a memorable journey for Denver, as they found themselves in a 3-1 hole in the first two rounds, yet somehow flipped the switch and completed remarkable comebacks to clinch a West Finals appearance. They should come back stronger next year, led by the Joker, who will undoubtedly be taken off draft boards in Round 1.
Nikola Jokic chipped in 22 points (9-14 FG, 1-3 3PT, 3-4 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block, and five turnovers in Tuesday night's win against the Lakers.
Unsurprisingly, Jokic once again did his part in an essentially must-win game. He was fortunate to have Jerami Grant explode with 26 points, who was instrumental in helping the Nuggets hold off a late rally by the Lakers. Jokic will need to keep this up if Denver hopes to even the series.
Nikola Jokic notched 30 points (9-20 FG, 1-4 3PT, 11-12 FT), six boards, nine assists, four steals, and two turnovers in Sunday night's close loss to the Lakers.
Jokic did all he could in the final 4:47 of the fourth quarter, scoring all 12 points for the Nuggets. With 20.8 seconds left on the clock, he fired in a hook shot over Anthony Davis that could've been the game winner to tie up the series. But Davis was able to connect on a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Lakers a 2-0 series advantage. That's certainly a brutal way for the Nuggets to lose a game that they really needed. Nevertheless, expect Jokic to continue playing like the superstar he is in a must-win Game 3 on Tuesday.
Nikola Jokic recorded 21 points (8-14 FG, 5-7 FT), six rebounds, two assists, one block, and four turnovers in Friday's loss to the Lakers.
Jokic actually ended up seeing merely 25 minutes of action tonight, as he picked up three fouls in the first quarter and sat out the entire fourth quarter due to the large deficit. He was still able to register a solid performance, and continues his consistency regardless of the opponent. The Nuggets will need him to stay on the court much longer if they hope to even the series on Sunday evening.
Nikola Jokic poured in 16 points (5-13 FG, 0-4 3PT, 6-6 FT), 22 rebounds, 13 assists, two steals, three blocks, and five turnovers in Tuesday night's Game 7 victory versus the Clippers.
The Nuggets were going to need another monster game from Jokic if they hoped to advance to the West Finals after being down 3-1 to the heavy favorite LA Clippers. And they got one. Jokic was simply spectacular this series, and while his shooting and turnover numbers certainly could've been better tonight, he continues to show the world that he is the best center in basketball. The Los Angeles Lakers await.