Nikola Jokic's 2021/22 NBA season came to an end Wednesday night when the Golden State Warriors took care of the Denver Nuggets, completing their gentleman sweep with a win in Game 5 of the first round. The Dubs returned home after winning one game in Denver and losing one.
The Warriors presented their 'death lineup' of Stephen Curry, Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green, ultimately taking the win against Jokic and co., who couldn't do much against an inspired team that dismantled the undermanned Nuggets.
Still, the Serbian player didn't back down against the Dubs, putting up a fight against them, even being spotted out of breath on the bench for trying to do a lot against the 6-time NBA champions.
After the series was over, many people talked about the Warriors, but not so many saw the great series Jokic played and how well he did against Draymond Green, who had the not-so-easy job of stopping him. After everything was said and done, Redditor "NitroXYZ" brought up some interesting numbers regarding Jokic and his performances against big defenders.
Turns out that The Joker has dominated great defenders like Rudy Gobert and Draymond Green in recent years.
2020 vs. Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz: 25/14/7 on 52/40/82 shooting splits.
2022 vs. Draymond Green and the Warriors: 31/13/5 on 58% shooting from the field and 85% from the line.
Jokic already had a terrific regular season, lifting this team and putting it in a higher place than many expected after Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. went down with serious injuries.
The Serbian big man is expected to win the 2022 NBA MVP award after another incredible season, but many folks will disagree with that. It's even crazier to see that Jokic took his game to the next level in the postseason, and one wonders what would have happened if he had a healthy team for this series.
Jokic is still young and keeps getting better. If the Nuggets can bring back their Big 3, this team will be a menace for many years.