Kiszla: The Nuggets did what? How Joker and his little buddy Jamal shocked the Clippers and the NBA world (again).

The Nuggets did what? They upset the Clippers and trashed a made-in-Hollywood script. How in the NBA world did that happen?

Well, truth is stranger. In a league that has been ruled by dynamic duos since the days of Magic and Kareem, the NBA’s new power couple is Joker and his little buddy Jamal.

When it was over, with a no-doubt-about-it 104-89 playoff victory Tuesday night, and the scrappy little Nuggets had ended the league’s big plans for LeBron against the Claw in the Western Conference Finals by outscoring the Clippers by 64 points in the second half of three consecutive elimination games, Jokic and Murray stood together in the NBA bubble, the happiest couple in the Magic Kingdom since Mickey and Minnie.

“We go hand in hand,” Murray said after scoring 40 points in Game 7.

After dropping a triple-double on Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers when it mattered most, Joker stood alongside his little buddy Jamal on the court and tried to describe the love in the Denver locker room to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.

“We are like a couple,” Jokic said.

No argument here.

Joker and Jamal are Denver’s new power couple, in a city that has enjoyed more than its share of dynamic sports duos.

John Elway and Terrell Davis.

Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy.

After getting schooled by Jokic as Denver rallied from a 3-1 deficit in this best-of-seven series, Clippers coach Doc Rivers hit the reset button on his strategy against basketball’s most beautiful mind. Throwing two defenders at Jokic in Game 7, Rivers stole a page from the Book of Belichick, who relished giving different looks and press coverage to Peyton Manning, in the hope it might slow down the processing speed of a quarterback equipped with a super-computer under his helmet.

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In a win-or-go-home scenario, this was L.A’s story, and Rivers seemed bent on sticking to it. He decided to make somebody other than Joker beat the Clippers.

For much of the first half, it worked. Jokic, selfless to a fault, attempted only four shots from …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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