Damian Lillard attracted attention with his magnificent performance. 44 points on 12/20 shooting. The Portland Trail Blazers guard became only the second point guard in NBA history to score at least 35 points on 55% shooting in four consecutive games. Oscar Robertson. crazy And yet all eyes are on it Nikola Jokic.
Because the Denver Nuggets interior repeatedly pushes the boundaries of what is possible. Last night, the Serbian therefore led his team to victory over the Blazers (122-113). Faced with the Lillard show, he didn’t even give the impression of trembling.
Incredibly easy, he compiled his 13th triple-double of the season: 36 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
Nikola Jokic, an amazing performance
And Jokic is having a phenomenal impact, especially converting on TDs. This season, his team has a simply perfect record in this scenario: 13 wins to 0 losses. Above all, he does it without forcing anything. Evidenced by his incredible efficiency: 13/14 on shots against Portland.
Note that his only failed attempt? Extremely complex corner kick at the end of possession in the third quarter. And he wasn’t too far from putting it… It’s actually a simple endorsement of his recent XXL appearances.
Regularly since this practice began, Jokic still gives the impression of gaining momentum. Especially thanks to the collective development of the West-leading Nuggets and their 7-game winning streak.
“10 wins – 0 losses when you get back to 30 assists (overall)? Yeah, that’s how we want to play. We want to share the ball to send a message, we want to implement that style of play.
That way, everyone is happy. So I hope we will continue like this. We are going in the right direction. We are playing with a lot of confidence right now,” Nikola Jokic concluded to ESPN.
A summary that probably best symbolizes his philosophy. Unlike other NBA superstars, Nikola Jokic doesn’t seem to play for his stats. No, he’s just serving the needs of his team. If he only has to take 3 shots in a game (well, that doesn’t happen often).
And this clearly affects how he unites the Denver team around him.
Could Nikola Jokic join Larry Bird, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain?
A third consecutive MVP trophy?
In order not to spoil anything, Jokic makes such copies almost every night. It even did recently “cleaner” with a triple-double with overall efficiency: 100% in shots (5 attempts). You also need to understand his absolutely insane final form.
- 36 points, 92.9% shooting, 12 rebounds, 10 assists.
- 17 points on 72.7% shooting, 10 rebounds, 14 assists.
- 21 points, 66.7% shooting, 18 rebounds, 9 assists.
- 14 points 100% shooting, 11 rebounds, 16 assists.
- 28 points on 58.8% shooting, 15 rebounds, 10 assists.
Sorry?! It’s hard to find words when awkwardness becomes a habit. You have to appreciate the excellence put in by Jokic night after night. An impressive sequence with complete dominance over many aspects of the game.
In a recent podcast, we asked the question: Can a native of Sombor make it? Larry Bird, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain by winning his third consecutive MVP trophy? Today “no” seems like an unreasonable answer….
With “tiredness” voters—those who risk carrying the American nomination as it is Jason Tatum -, the Nuggets’ interior probably has a downside. Still, its incredible level may compel another reading.
Already a two-time MVP, Nikola Jokic still manages to maintain an insane level of excellence. So he still manages to be strong. He still manages to lead Denver to the top of the West. Not too far from the top of the NBA (1 win with Boston).
And if this “weakness” it finally happened “strong point” about his candidacy? A “the story” It can please the US media. For his part, Nikola Jokic does not really favor this trophy.
He just plays basketball. Without really preaching. The focus is on the collective development of the Nuggets. An exceptional player.
MVP Racing Vol. 2: Tatum, Jokic three-peat or else?