“Joker Joking With Them”: NBA Analyst Believes Denver Nuggets Are in a Better Spot Than LA Clippers

Published 09/14/2020, 6:02 PM EDT
Sep 13, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) reacts with center Nikola Jokic (15) during the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers in game six of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Denver Nuggets are on their way to make history, and the LA Clippers could bear the brunt of it all. After being down 3-1, the Nuggets are now one win away from a successive comeback series win.

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NBA analyst Skip Bayless said he was surprised by the Clippers’ lack of killer instinct. But he also praised the Nuggets, especially Nikola Jokic, for his excellent performances.

He said, “I will be surprised if the Clippers beat the Nuggets in Game 7. They keep overlooking Denver. They don’t take them seriously. Denver will not leave them alone. You have to put them away. The Nuggets now psychologically own the Clippers, especially in the fourth quarter.

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“Jokić is completely unstoppable. He’s got such swagger to him, it’s like a joke to him. He is the Joker joking with them.”

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic handles the ball against LA Clippers guard Lou Williams during the third quarter in game six of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Can Jokic inspire the Denver Nuggets to another win?

Throughout this series, Jamal Murray has been inconsistent. He had come off a record-breaking series against the Jazz and has let the team down. However, he was a vital contributor to their win in Game 6 after playing on despite getting injured. In this series, whenever he has scored above 20, the Nuggets have won. And when he hasn’t, the Nuggets lose.

On the other hand, Jokic has been their consistent pillar. After a poor first game, he bounced back and has been the best player every night for the Nuggets. In this span of five games, he is averaging 28 points, 13.8 rebounds, and six assists per game. But the biggest surprise is his effort on defense, averaging 1.4 blocks per game.

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Sep 5, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives against Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) during the first half of game two in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

They will need him to step up against and capitalize on Montrezl Harrell’s poor form. But they can’t bank on him to carry the team every game. They need their other players like Michael Porter Jr, Paul Millsap, and Gary Harris to step up during crunch time.

After losing a Game 7 in the Conference Semifinals last season, Mike Malone and the Nuggets will be keen to avoid a repeat of that.

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Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) and guard PJ Dozier (35) celebrate after beating the LA Clippers in game six of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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