Nikola Jokic, a MONSTER of efficiency on his way to a crazy hat-trick?

Damian Lillard strike an outstanding performance. 44 points on 12/20 on shots. In NBA history, the Portland Trail Blazers point guard became the second outside player to score at least 35 points on 55% of his shots in 4 consecutive games after Oscar Robertson. Anger. And yet all eyes are on it Nikola Jokic.

Because the inside of the Denver Nuggets is pushing, again and again, the limits of the possible. Last night, the Serb led his team to victory over the Blazers (122-113). Faced with the Lillard show, he didn’t even give the impression of shaking.

Very easily, he put together his 13th triple-double of the season: 36 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Nikola Jokic, a surprising performance

And Jokic in particular had an impressive impact by going in for the TD. This season, his team has a perfect record in this situation: 13 wins for 0 losses. Best of all, he does it effortlessly. Proof with incredible efficiency: 13/14 on shots against Portland.

For the record, his only failed attempt? A very complicated turnaround shot in the corner at the end of the third quarter possession. And he is not far from putting it… This is really a simple confirmation of his recent performances in XXL.

Regular since the start of this practice, Jokic still gives the impression of having momentum. In particular, thanks to the collective development of the Nuggets, leaders in the West and a streak of 7 consecutive victories.

“10 wins – 0 losses when it becomes 30 assists (total)? Yes, that’s how we want to play. We really want to share the ball to send a message, we want to impose this style of play.

This way, everyone is happy. So, I hope we continue like this. We are heading in the right direction. We are currently playing with a lot of confidence,” Nikola Jokic summed up for ESPN.

A summary that perhaps sums up his philosophy well. Unlike other NBA superstars, Nikola Jokic doesn’t play for his stats. No, he just meets the needs of his team. If he has to take only 3 shots a game, he will (well, that doesn’t happen often).

And that clearly had an effect on the way he bonded with the Denver collective around him.

Will Nikola Jokic join Larry Bird, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain?

The third consecutive MVP trophy?

In order not to spoil anything, Jokic makes such copies almost every night. Recently, he even did “cleaner” with a triple-double with overall efficiency: 100% on shots (5 attempts). It is also necessary to realize its completely insane recent form.

  • 36 points on 92.9% shooting, 12 rebounds, 10 assists.
  • 17 points on 72.7% shooting, 10 rebounds, 14 assists.
  • 21 points on 66.7% shots, 18 rebounds, 9 assists.
  • 14 points 100% on shots, 11 rebounds, 16 assists.
  • 28 points on 58.8% shooting, 15 rebounds, 10 assists.

Excuse me?! It’s hard to find the words when the unusual has become a habit. You have to realize the efficiency that Jokic imposes every night. Impressive consistency with total dominance in many aspects of the game.

We recently asked the question in a podcast: can the native of Sombor succeed Larry Bird, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain by winning a third straight MVP trophy? Today the “no” the answer seems illogical…

With the “fatigue” voters – who are at risk of carrying an American candidate, as it stands Jayson Tatum -, the Nuggets probably have a disadvantage inside. However, its incredible level may compel another reading.

Already a two-time MVP, Nikola Jokic still manages to maintain an insane level of efficiency. So he still manages to get stronger. He was even able to lift Denver to the top of the West. Not so far from the top of the NBA (1 victory with Boston).

And if this “weakness” finally became “a strong point” of his candidacy? A “story” which can please the US media. Well, for his part, Nikola Jokic doesn’t seem to really prioritize this trophy.

He just plays basketball. Without actually campaigning. Most focused on the Nuggets’ collective development. An exceptional player.

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