September 26, 2020, 11:45 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic was slowed by foul trouble in Saturday's Game 5 loss to the Lakers, but still managed to put up 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field with seven rebounds, one 3-pointer, five assists and three steals in 30 minutes of action.
The Nuggets' season is now over, but Jokic can go home with his head held up high, posting some impressive performances throughout the playoffs. He and Jamal Murray have proven to be quite the potent tandem and it looks like that the Nuggets are just a few healthy pieces shy of being truly dangerous title contenders down the road.
September 24, 2020, 11:42 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two triples in Thursday's Game 4 against the Lakers.
Jokic was stifled in the first part of the game as Dwight Howard drew the start and imposed his physicality early. The Joker is known for shying away from shot attempts when things aren't going easy for him, but he stepped up a bit in the second half and started to hit some open 3s to open up the offense for the Nuggets. Expect him to come out much more aggressive in Game 5 now that he can prepare for Howard in the starting lineup.
September 23, 2020, 12:24 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic made 9-of-14 shots from the field on Tuesday, en route to his 22 points which were complemented by 10 rebounds, one 3-pointer, five assists, one steal and one block.
Jokic has had it rough in this series as the Lakers have been actively throwing warm bodies at him in the paint to throw him off his game. Thankfully, Jokic still managed to deliver the goods, but at a cost of five turnovers. Tonight the Nuggets showed that if they are able to play to their strengths, they can take it to the Lakers, so seeing them even up this series is something that cannot be discounted at all.
September 20, 2020, 10:27 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic's 30 points (9-of-20 FG, 11-of-12 FT), nine dimes, six boards and four steals were not enough as the Nuggets fell 103-105 to the Lakers on Sunday.
Jokic had a valiant effort and was able to make a living at the free-throw line over nearly 39 minutes in this one, but ultimately the Nuggets now find themselves in another hole to start a postseason matchup. If they go down, the Nuggets will do so swinging, and Jokic will continue delivering whatever his team needs in the process.
September 19, 2020, 12:02 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic had a relatively quiet Friday night, recording 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.
Jokic dealt with a bit of foul trouble (five fouls) in this game as he tried (and failed) to contain Anthony Davis, who erupted for 37 & 10. Coming into this game, there was a lot of talk about how Jokic was arguably the best big man in the playoffs. Well, AD put an end to said argument, for now. That said, the Nuggets need to get their big man some help in Game 2. He needs to avoid foul trouble in order to be able to do his thing, which is deliver a well-rounded line and work the glass with impressive rebounding. The Nuggets can't be counted out or dismissed so easily though. Just ask the Clippers, who enjoyed a 3-1 series advantage before eventually bowing out of the playoffs themselves.
September 16, 2020, 3:59 pmKawhi LeonardSF, Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard is joined by Nikola Jokić, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and Pascal Siakam on the 2019-20 All-NBA Second Team.
Siakam narrowly edged out Jayson Tatum for the honor of being on the Second Team as he even received a first-place vote. This is Siakam's first All-NBA award. Leonard received the most first place votes (39) out of anyone not named to the First Team while the Joker got 21. Lillard received his fifth All-NBA award but has only been nominated to the First Team once in his career back in 2017-18. CP3 earns his ninth All-NBA award in his 15th season, something that would have surprised some people at the beginning of this campaign.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 16, 2020, 2:43 amGary HarrisSG, Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris continues to strengthen the Nuggets' overall versatility, going for 14 points including two 3-pointers, adding six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 104-89 victory over the Clippers.
The Nuggets did the unthinkable on Tuesday, erasing a 3-1 deficit for the second consecutive series, sending the Clippers packing. While the accolades will deservedly go to both Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, Harris has had a meaningful impact since rejoining the team. His value does not always translate to the stat sheet but those who know anything about basketball will certainly be aware of just how important he is to their success.
September 16, 2020, 2:29 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to yet another Game 7 victory on Tuesday, filling up the boxscore with one of the best all-around performances you will ever see, including 16 points, 22 rebounds, 13 assists, three blocks and two steals in 40 minutes.
Jokic handed the offensive reigns to Jamal Murray on Tuesday as the Nuggets took care of business yet again. Despite shooting only 5-of-13 from the floor, Jokic was in full control with a plethora of supporting stats only adding to his already buoyant reputation. He will now come up against Anthony Davis in the Western Conference Finals, a task that is sure to present a range of challenges. Based on what we have seen from both players thus far in the playoffs, this individual matchup could go a long way to deciding the final outcome.
September 13, 2020, 4:42 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic dominated the Clippers on Sunday as the Nuggets erased a 19-point deficit and forced a Game 7, posting 34 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers.
Jokic also shot 13-for-22 from the field in an outstanding performance. This is the second straight game where the Nuggets have clawed back in the second half, and they owe much of that to their star duo. Over the last two second halves, Jokic and Jamal Murray have combined for 82 points, while the Clippers have 84. The Joker will be looking to lead Denver to victory again on Tuesday, with the Nuggets in the running to become the first team ever to come back from 3-1 down in multiple playoff series in one postseason.
September 11, 2020, 10:27 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to a Game 5 victory over the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals on Friday evening, finishing with 22 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.
Jokic was the key once again for the Nuggets on Friday and they were able to avoid elimination. It was a very Jokic-like performance and the oft-criticized (for not being in shape) center logged 40 minutes, his most of the series. He added two blocks and a steal and was efficient shooting the ball, finishing 9-of-17 from the floor (2-of-6 from long range). Game 6 is on Sunday as the Nuggets will be up against the wall again, down three games to two.
September 10, 2020, 12:49 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic led his team in scoring once again on Wednesday with 26 points (11-of-23 FG, 2-of-7 3PT), 11 rebounds, six assists and a block while turning the ball over three times.
Jokic has been stepping up his scoring in the playoffs and in particular he's been attempting significantly more threes recently. He hit just two of his seven shots from deep tonight, but on the whole he's hitting one more three per game than he did in the regular season.
September 7, 2020, 11:48 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets in scoring in their Game 3 loss to the Clippers on Monday with 32 points while adding 12 boards, eight dimes, a steal and three triples.
Jokic was by far the best player on the Nuggets tonight, which is what we'd expect as that's been the case for the majority of the season. Asking him to do more than what he's already done is a lot, but he's going to have to bring more on the defensive side of the floor and continue to be aggressive on offense if the Nuggets want to tie this series in Game 4.
September 7, 2020, 8:06 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic (right wrist sprain) will be active for Game 3 on Monday.
Jokic was considered a game-time decision but will be in the lineup. That's a big lift for the Nuggets as they hope to take a 2-1 series lead. Jokic had a tremendous Game 2 with 26 points and 18 rebounds as the Nuggets defeated the Clippers.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
September 7, 2020, 7:24 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets will determine the status of Nikola Jokic (right wrist sprain) after he warms up for Monday's Game 3.
Jokic is currently listed as questionable and he'll be a game-time decision. The Joker didn't look to be hampered in a monstrous Game 2 showing, and if he's hurt it'll be a big blow to Denver's chances at winning this game and series. Mason Plumlee and Bol Bol are the next two centers on the depth chart but we'd likely see a lot of smaller lineups with the Nuggets leaning on Paul Millsap and Jerami Grant should Jokic sit out.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
September 7, 2020, 11:15 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic has once again been listed as questionable with a sprained right wrist, ahead of Monday’s Game 3.
The Joker had a dominant performance on Friday and is dearly needed by his team for Game 3. While we can’t imagine he doesn’t take the court, keep an eye out for further updates closer to Monday evening’s tip-off.
Source: NBA Injury Report