The Golden State Warriors will have it all next Saturday, when they host the Denver Nuggets at the Chase Center.
Nikola Jokic practically wanted his team to be the sixth seed in the Western Conference, despite Jamal Murray’s absence for the entire season, and Michael Porter Jr’s absence for most of the season. Jokic must rely on his basketball skills and IQ to figure out how to help his teammates succeed.
After averaging 27.1 points, 7.9 assists, and 13.8 rebounds, the MVP guard was right back in the MVP discussion and had a great shot to win again in this season.
Despite his success, Jokic has always been seen as a boring player who never got the spotlight on Sportscenter or a high-ball pitch like many of his peers. That’s why some people are so stunned as to why Jokic is most likely on his way to winning consecutive MVPs.
The Warriors know there’s only so much they can do to stop Jokic on the field, so they’re focusing on the little nuances of his game that they can control.
Gary Payton II was asked by reporters after April 13 training what the team planned to do with Jokic’s signature all-court passing, which often caught opponents off guard.
“He [Kerr] Payton II said he used the word unacceptable. “I think that is unacceptable. We have to get rid of that. When he gets back there, he’ll pick separate teams. We know, we’re locked down, and he can’t break the clipboard and everything.”
Allowing these easy bins will definitely make Kerr smoke, which may not break the clipboard. But there are simply too many aspects of Serbia’s offensive game that the Warriors need to prepare for, and the Warriors will need to get back on the defensive immediately to avoid these easy switching buckets from the Nuggets.
Andre Iguodala on what makes Nuggets work
Iguodala has always been known to provide great insight into what he sees on the pitch with his team and opponents. After practice on April 14, the 18-year-old spent a few minutes analyzing the entire Nuggets spin.
“He is [Jokic] really dynamic,” Iguodala describes the Nuggets offense. “He attracted a lot of attention. They are very compatible and in tune with each other. It’s like a machine, like knowing when to cut and how.”
Much has been said about how Jokic’s teammates are not playing well and that they will have a hard time even winning 30 games without winning the MVP, but as Iguodala says, a certain kind of synergy is needed. — knowing when to cut and when to space foul — for the Nuggets have won 48 games this season.
Warriors won 1-3 against the Nuggets in the regular season
So, how exactly should we calculate the streak between the two teams?
Honestly, we should only treat it with a grain of salt.
Only two games out of four deserve a rating. The other two are games where they lack so many players, so it’s hard to see how that will provide much insight into their upcoming playoff playoff.
The only two games worth rewatching are the February 16 game where the Nuggets won 117-116 and the March 10 game when the Warriors won 113-102.
The February game is remarkable because it’s one Dub fans know has gone far — a three-goal pointer forward by Monte Morris. At the top of the whole game, it was the game that the Dubs had control over. This is definitely something the Warriors can use in the movie theater to ensure that they can avoid certain mistakes in the long run.
The most recent match in March is definitely the one we are most likely to see in their playoff series. Having taken a nearly double-digit lead in the first half, the Warriors played defensively and held the Nuggets to 18 points in the fourth half. This is also the match when the trio of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole are unlocked on the field. All three play an important role in ensuring victory when the game is over.
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