Like the greatest players before him, from Michael Jordan to Stephen Curry, via LeBron James, Nikola Jokic won’t be long in trivializing excellence. Double MVP in title, the All-Star pivot is on track to achieve the hat-trick since his level of play remains exceptional, and the Nuggets have settled in 1st place in the Western Conference.
The proof with his performance of the evening against the Blazers: 36 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for 54 evaluation. It’s his 13th triple-double of the season, and his 89th career, and what we remember is his… 12 of 13 on shots, including 12 of 12 from 2-pointers. Already on Sunday, against the Magic, he had signed a 7 of 7 on 2-point shots. Same thing against the Lakers with a 4 of 4. In January, he is shooting 68%, and he had started the year well with a 10 of 13 in shots against the Celtics.
13 triple-doubles, 13 wins
“He does this all the time” sums up Jamal Murray about his teammate’s performance. The most impressive stat comes when you learn that the Nuggets are 13-0 this season when Jokic finishes with a triple-double. It’s an incredible series, and only Draymond Green had done so well so far.
“We are going in the right direction and we are playing with a lot of confidence” he underlines, before mentioning the 32 assists of his Nuggets. “That’s how we want to play, sharing the ball and trying to have an impact through our movements. It’s a form of message, that’s how we want to play because it makes everyone happy. »
Nikola Jokic is obviously at the heart of this ambition in the game, and it is David Adelman, one-night coach, who explains how the Serb is transforming his team’s game. “We launch systems for him, but thanks to him, it turns into collective concepts. He tries to get everyone involved.