EIn every blockbuster movie worth its salt, there is always a certain hero who falls. Dear, but that the tragic outcome leaves him out of the game. ‘Die’ in different ways, but when he honors his status he falls in love with all the spectators. It happened with Nikola Jokic and in ‘real life’, because he disappears sportingly from the seasonbut with all the merit after giving a recital looking for the impossible.
The basketball course (‘Maestro’ Montes dixit) 2021-22 of the ‘Joker’ can well be defined as heroic without reaching the post-season. In the fight, along with Joel Embiid (who starts as the presumable favorite) and Giannis Antetokounmpo, for the MVP after averaging 27.1 points (58% TC), 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists. Thus, he defended his crown from the last course… Year in which he averaged fewer points, rebounds and only ‘average’ more assistance. stratospheric.
To this was added that the Nuggets played a year with notable casualties. Jamal Murray, point guard generator, was out the entire course. Michael Porter Jr., a good shooter from the corner, with countless physical problems … Jokic multiplied in all aspects of the game. And it only ‘dies’ (sportingly) in the Playoffs, through exhibition.
Because in five games Denver Nuggets have never been able to with some spectacular Golden State Warriors, and despite raising the most physical series as soon as it was played in Colorado, the offensive talent of those from the Bay marked the clash. In that context, Jokic has not only been fundamental. He has been the best.
31 points on average -his record in the Playoffs-, with only the stain of not reaching 30% from the triple, and the only nuisance from the Warriors. In the area it has marked the differences and only one Immense Draymond Green has prevented Jokic from achieving the most difficult yet. And more in the symbolic field, that’s how it was, because with less than two minutes to go, a great defense of the ’23’ neutralizes the Serbian in the fifth and final game. One in which Jokic had 30 points plus 18 rebounds.
Example in the NBA
In an NBA in which great stars have been conspicuous by their absence when ‘the ball burned’, Jokic exemplifies the manual of a good professional. And one of the best in this sport. While Kyrie Irving crawled on the East Coast or Russell Westbrook is dedicated to unfollowing colleagues, Jokic ‘struggled’ in an impossible. Honor to the MVP. And now they must pay him those 253 million in a maximum contract.