Nikola Jokic: “We’ve been here before”

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Giannis Askounis

21/Sep/20 07:10

The Denver Nuggets miss their chance to tie the Western Conference finals.

By Johnny Askounis/

A loss at the buzzer sent the Denver Nuggets down 2-0 in the Western Conference finals. Anthony Davis clinched the win for the Los Angeles Lakers as the time expired but did not generate a panic status for Nikola Jokic. “We’ve been here before,” he mentioned on dropping the game at the end of the fourth quarter.

“Great players make great shots and he did it, so he’s a really good player,” added Jokic, “We are the underdogs. We need to fight, that’s our only chance. We just want to bring the effort.”

“We lost the game but I think we played well,” mentioned the Joker after his side’s improvement from Game 1 to Game 2, “Most of the game we were down but we came back. We are going to keep our heads up and go to the next one.”

Pulling a page out of their playoffs playbook, the Nuggets stormed back from a 16-point deficit. Jokic scored 11 straight points down the stretch and his team was in a position to claim victory but Davis sank the game-winning three for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

“It’s not easy to figure it out. It’s tough,” mentioned the Serbian big commenting on the defensive assignments versus the Los Angeles organization, “We can just make it tough for them, make them feel uncomfortable. They are always going to find solutions.”

Jokic went for 30 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and four steals, nearly single-highhandedly guided the Nuggets to the win. “It’s not me against them, it’s the Nuggets against the Lakers,” he cleared out.

Game 3 is scheduled to take place Tuesday.

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