canada africa partner reservation “To have a double clone of myself”: Nikola Jokic doesn’t seem to understand how to play against Rudy Gobert, Naz Reid and KAT

“To have a double clone of myself”: Nikola Jokic doesn’t seem to understand how to play against Rudy Gobert, Naz Reid and KAT

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Being one of the largest teams in the NBA, size may have been the biggest reason behind the Denver Nuggets’ success. However, they now face a team with much more height known for their suffocating defense. After their loss in Game 1 of this series, Nikola Jokic was asked to comment on the big three in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ frontcourt (Rudy Gobert, Karl-Anthony Towns and Naz Reid), and what he could do to have more impact against them. The Joker’s response has sent social media into an absolute frenzy.

Nikola Jokic stands 6-foot-4 and weighs nearly 285 pounds, according to NBA.com. There is rarely a player in the NBA that can match his size and skills. However, the Wolves have three players of the same size, which gives them a huge advantage defensively.

After Jokic failed to lead the Nuggets to a win at Ball Arena, he even hilariously revealed that he would have to clone himself to have a positive impact on the next games.

‘To have a double clone of myself,’ Jokic said, according to Dave McMenamin.

The two-time MVP’s stats were quite visually appealing: 32 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. However, you have to dig deep into the advanced stats to see how well the Minnesota Timberwolves did defending against him.

After recording 16.2 rebounds in the opening round against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Serbian was limited to just 8 rebounds tonight. Aside from racking up a season-high seven turnovers (per ESPN), the reigning Finals MVP also had somewhat subpar shooting, efficiency-wise, by his standards. The 44% he registered from the field is the lowest since the 17e March game against the Dallas Mavericks.

The stat sheet may not quite show it, but the trio of Gobert, Towns and Reid visibly wore Jokic down. With the three playing excellently on the defensive end of the floor, Anthony Edwards was able to carry a much higher offensive load, resulting in a decent performance.

Anthony Edwards and Nikola Jokic shared the praise after an entertaining match

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As expected, Game 1 of the Wolves-Nuggets series was an action-packed thriller, with six lead changes and ten ties taking place before Chris Finch’s boys were able to pull away with a six-point win. And individually, the Anthony Edwards-Nikola Jokic match also lived up to its hype.

While Jokic started the series by recording a nearly 32-point triple-double, Ant-Man delivered one of his most efficient performances to date. The 6ft 4” combo guard shot the ball with a split of 58.5% FG, 42.9% 3FG and 100% FT and finished the night with 43 points, according to NBA.com. The 22-year-old was also able to record a box plus-minus of +10 thanks to the 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 ‘stocks’ (steals + rebounds) he was able to achieve.

After watching him talk the entire first round against Kevin Durant and the Phoenix Suns, it was also great to see him praise his opponent for a change. During the postgame conference, the two-time All-Star revealed that he enjoyed competing against the best player and team.

β€œIt’s always fun against the best player in the world. Against the best team in the world is always fun,” said Ant.

β€œI have enormous respect for Anthony Edwards. You should enjoy and respect such a person,’ the Nuggets leader said.

Fans are in for an entertaining series if Game 1 is any indication. With Wolves now leading 1-0 in the series, the ball now appears to be in the reigning champions’ park. Can they come up with the right countermeasure for this vibrant young side?