The Denver Nuggets hold a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, and they are closer than ever to making it to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.
Superstar center and two-time league MVP Nikola Jokic is leading the way, and he’s had triple-doubles in the first two games of this series.
He has 395 points, 179 rebounds and 133 assists so far in the playoffs, passing a significant milestone as every player who has at least 350 points, 150 rebounds and 125 assists has reached the NBA. Is. finals that year.
Every player in NBA history who has reached 350+ PTS, 150+ REB and 125+ AST in the playoffs has made it to the NBA Finals.
Nikola Jokic has already reached those numbers. pic.twitter.com/rl9bbF6607
— Statmuse (@statmuse) May 19, 2023
Although Joel Embiid broke Jokic’s two-year hold on the MVP award this season, Jokic still put up exceptional numbers, averaging 24.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists while shooting a remarkable 63.2 percent from the field during the regular season. Why?
In this year’s playoffs, he has assisted those numbers with 30.4 points, 13.8 rebounds and an NBA-high 10.2 assists per contest.
In some ways, Jokic may be underrated, because he’s not a flashy player, he doesn’t really advertise and he’s a low-key guy who doesn’t hype or draw attention to himself.
But with the Nuggets now just six wins away from a world championship, he is on his way to getting the recognition he deserves.
This Western Conference Finals isn’t over yet, as the Lakers have the talent and the determination to maybe win the next two games and possibly even win the series.
But right now, Denver seems to have more talent and firepower, not to mention the best players in the series and possibly the entire world.
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