Paul Millsap Compares Nikola Jokic To Tom Brady

Paul Millsap Compares Nikola Jokic To Tom Brady

James quickly realized his mistake and deleted the tweet, but we got it for posterity. "And when you get a win and you know you didn't play your best basketball, that's a good feeling".

The bad news is it didn't matter against the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series Monday night. But even with an impressive opener, the Nuggets left unimpressed.

"Everything", Denver forward Paul Millsap said when asked what defenses are trying to do that isn't working against Jokic. Millsap scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, but Jokic couldn't be stopped inside the entire game.

Concerns have been raised about the health of big man Enes Kanter.

Jokic is averaging 23.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and nine assists in the series. The Trail Blazers, who are in the play-offs for the sixth straight season, had almost a week off after dispatching Oklahoma City in five games to advance for the first time in three years. He finished with 15 points in 27 minutes. ". He sees how people are playing and guarding him".


"I think it was a little bit more of that, probably more than we needed", he said. "And he's showing maybe he's a lot tougher than any of us thought". Only having one day off between games for the entire series is going to make it hard to report in between every game, but if you subscribe, you'll never have to worry about missing out! The Denver Nuggets have won 11 of their last 13 home games.

This is the first year that Jokic has been in the playoffs. But they sure looked battle-tested Monday night.

Historically, the Raptors lose first game of the playoff series, but that was not the case this time as they are now up 1-0 in the series. We couldn't make a shot.

And the Blazers didn't have any answers.

Portland, led by 39 points from All-Star guard Damian Lillard, trimmed a 12-point deficit to 101-96 with 8:02 left in the game. Slow down George or frustrate Westbrook and you have the upper hand.


That could be the case in Game 2, but Portland needs more scoring from other players. Their passing is prolific. But with these guys, all five guys are active. We understood what we had to come in here and do tonight.

On the night the Nuggets shot 51 percent from the floor, hit 12/29 from 3-point land and 27/31 from the free-throw line.

Kanter was clearly limited in Game 1 by a shoulder injury suffered in the series against OKC, and it would be a blow to Portland if he is lost for any extended time. Then again, it was so instinctual - clear path, dunk it, just like usual.

"Jokic is like a quarterback", Kanter said Tuesday. "With the painkillers, injections, anything I can do to just help my teammates". Both teams have two wins at home and one on the road.


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