It was simple to overlook what was the Nuggets have been doing on Tuesday evening whereas Damian Lillard was within the midst of placing on some of the ludicrous playoff performances in current reminiscence. As Lillard torched Denver for 55 factors, it was the Nuggets who nonetheless got here away with a 147-140 victory in double time beyond regulation to take a essential 3-2 lead within the best-of-seven first spherical sequence.
Lillard had the whole league marveling at what he was doing, however Denver’s personal star had some fairly nice moments himself. Nikola Jokic goes to win NBA MVP for a cause, and he put all his expertise on show to serving to carry the Nuggets to a win. Whereas Jokic didn’t hit 12 three-pointers like Lillard or give us two buzzer-beaters on the identical evening, he did present his distinctive talents like solely he can.
This cross by Jokic wants to be seen and appreciated. Given the stakes within the sport in the mean time he made the play, this appears like some of the spectacular passes of the season.
It’s simple when you missed this second, as a result of appreciating passing large males is a really particular basketball fetish reserved for many who deeply watch tape, or nonetheless have a poster of Vlade Divac on their bed room wall.
Remember simply how a lot strain was on this second. A tie sport, in double time beyond regulation within the playoffs, Jokic has been so dominant he was double teamed. Nonetheless, with two guys in his pocket he not solely manages to throw a cross-court cross to the wing man on the perimeter, however to do it when everybody within the constructing knew he needed to seek out Michael Porter Jr. for the three. The Blazers nonetheless couldn’t cease it.
It goes past easy courtroom imaginative and prescient or passing talent, and exhibits why Jokic is regarded not simply as the perfect passing large man proper now, however probably the greatest of all time. Moreover, when you’re questioning why Jokic is consistently within the MVP dialog it’s for causes like this. Not solely does he put up enormous numbers like he did on Tuesday evening (38 factors, 11 rebounds, 9 assists), however the Denver offense flows by means of him in a method few large males within the league are able to.
The best disgrace is that folks will fully neglect a second like this existed as a result of Dame went off for 55. Give the large man hie due.