After much discussion of their bright future with little concrete evidence to back the optimism up, the Nuggets finally arrived this season, winning 54 games on the way to a second-place finish in the Western…
May 24, 2019, 11:32 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic said he plans to play for his home country Serbia during the 2019 FIBA World Cup this Summer.
“I am very pleased with everything I did in the NBA this season, I had a great year in which I performed at the All-Star Game and was selected in the NBA All-Star Five. For me, the cherry on top of this whole season would be a medal with the national team. I am fully prepared to do my best to achieve this goal”, said Jokic, confirming his participation. He will have a little bit of time to rest up, but Serbia is expected to compete against Angola, the Philippines and Italy starting on August 31. The miles will be a test for the big man, but one he has aced before.
May 14, 2019, 9:27 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic doesn’t know if he will play for Serbia this summer and a lot will depend on how he feels and what his family and his agent advise him to do.
“It’s a lot of games,” said Jokic, talking to reporters in exit interviews. The Joker had a tremendous season while helping his team advance to the Conference Semifinals and rest should be on the top of his agenda for now. The Serbian center has never been a regular for his national team and it’s likely that he opts to skip the World Tournament this summer instead of adding more miles to an already loaded season.
Source: Katy Winge on Twitter
May 12, 2019, 7:04 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic put up a valiant effort in Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Blazers, posting 29 points on 11-of-26 shooting with 13 rebounds, two assists, two 3s and four blocks.
Jokic played well in this series, so it's a shame that the Nuggets could not rally around their superstar center and pull out the win. His improved maturity in his fourth season as a pro is evident, making him a coveted top-10 asset in fantasy in 2019-20.
May 10, 2019, 1:39 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic shot 10-for-15 from the field for 29 points with 12 boards, eight assists and two 3-pointers in a Game 6 loss on Thursday.
Jokic certainly did his part, nearly triple-doubling in 36 minutes. His services will be needed tremendously if the Nuggets want to defend home-court moving forward. The Nuggets will host Game 7 in Denver on Sunday.
May 8, 2019, 2:08 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic put up a huge double-double with 25 points (10-of-18 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 19 rebounds and six assists in 34 minutes during the Nuggets' decisive 124-98 Game 5 home win over the Blazers.
Jokic had 10 points and 10 boards at halftime and he just kept filling up the box score until he fouled out late in the game. Fantasy managers might notice his lack of supporting stats (no steals, blocks or threes), but it's tough to criticize excellent production in five categories for a center. Jokic and the Nuggets can punch a ticket to the Western Conference Finals with a win in Portland on Thursday night.
May 5, 2019, 10:21 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic triple-doubled in a win over the Blazers on Sunday as he had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists on 8-of-15 shooting in 39 minutes.
He played a whopping 65 minutes on Sunday, so to follow that up with a triple-double in 39 minutes is quite impressive. Jokic will always show up, so the Blazers need to worry about slowing down Paul Millsap and the guards first. The Nuggets head home for Game 5 as they look to gain an advantage in the series.
May 4, 2019, 3:05 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic had it all going on Friday night with 33 points, 18 rebounds, 14 assissts, four threes, two blocks and one steal on 13-for-25 shooting across 65 minutes as Denver fell to Portland by a score of 137-140 in quadruple overtime.
It was a performance for the ages for the Serbian big man, including a 24-point second half that put the Nuggets in position to win before absolute chaos ensued. The minutes and rebound totals were new playoff career-highs for Jokic who has truly arrived as a bona fide superstar in these playoffs.
May 2, 2019, 12:16 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic destroyed Enes Kanter in Game 1, but Wednesday's Game 2 was a different story as he had just 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.
The rebounds were up for Jokic, but that is due in large part to the increased amount of missed shots from Game 1 to Game 2 for both teams. He shot 7-of-17 from the field and 2-of-4 from the stripe. The Joker should be able to dominate Enes Kanter, who is known for his sub-par defensive abilities, throughout the entire series. The Nuggets are on the road for the next two games, so Jokic will need to step up if he wants his team to gain an advantage in the series.
April 30, 2019, 1:13 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic dominated in Monday's 121-113 Game 1 win over the Blazers with 37 points on 11-of-18 shooting while adding nine rebounds, six assists, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.
We could see this performance coming from a mile away as the Blazers are playing without Jusuf Nurkic (leg) and are relying on Enes Kanter who is playing through a shoulder injury. Even if he was healthy, Kanter is no match for Jokic as he bodied his way into easy post buckets while draining 3-for-5 from deep. The Joker left his mark on both sides of the ball and with this matchup we can expect some more big games from him in this series.
April 28, 2019, 1:12 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic put up another triple-double in Saturday's 90-86, Game 7 win over the Spurs with 21 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists, a steal, three blocks and no turnovers in 43 minutes.
A line like that means you can probably forgive his subpar 9-of-26 mark from the field. Jokic triple-doubled in the opening game of this series (10-14-14) but was right on the doorstep in the other five before tonight with 21-13-8 in Game 2, 22-8-7 in Game 3, 29-12-8, in Game 4 16-11-8 in Game 5 and 43-12-9 in Game 6. He draws a matchup with Enes Kanter in round two, and with his shoulder injury and historical issues defending in space, we should see a few more monstrous performances before the book closes on Jokic's outstanding season.
April 25, 2019, 10:37 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 43 points and approached a triple-double with 12 rebounds and nine assists in Thursday's Game 6 loss.
It was a waste of a great performance from Jokic as the Nuggets couldn't close out the Spurs in Game 6. Home cookin' might be just what the doctor ordered.
April 24, 2019, 12:53 amNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic had another double-double on Tuesday vs. the Spurs, going for 16 points (5-for-11 FGs, 4-for-4 FTs), 11 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and two threes in 33 minutes.
The Joker wasn’t needed down the stretch as the Nuggets put this game out of reach early. It’s been a great series for him with averages of 19.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 9.0 assists. He'll try to help secure a series win this Thursday night in San Antonio.
April 20, 2019, 8:25 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic double-doubled in Saturday's 117-103 Game 4 win with 29 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.
Jokic was looking for his shot the whole night and led the charge for the Nuggets as they steal one in San Antonio before heading back to the Mile High City. His aggressiveness tonight opened up the floor for both Jamal Murray and Torrey Craig who took advantage of the open looks they received in tonight's matchup. A locked-on Jokic is just what Denver needs if they're going to close out the Spurs in their first-round matchup.
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