Things are not going very well for the Denver Nuggets right now.
They are getting worked by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs and can’t seem to gain a foothold against their opponents.
They’re not getting help from anyone – including their star player, Nikola Jokic.
Nikola Jokic is -45 in two games this series, the worst on the Nuggets.
He just got ejected. pic.twitter.com/J1NtCFO62B
— StatMuse (@statmuse) April 19, 2022
As StatMuse points out, Jokic is currently -45 in his two games against the Warriors, the worst on the entire Nuggets team.
To make matters even work, Jokic got ejected from the game on Monday night.
Is there any chance this past-and-possibly-future MVP turns things around?
Let’s be very clear: the Nuggets wouldn’t even be in the playoffs if it wasn’t for Jokic.
Joker has been on fire this year, averaging a wild 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 7.9 assists.
It’s no shock to hear he’s the frontrunner for this year’s MVP.
However, things have gotten considerably rougher in the postseason.
A -45 mark is downright terrible.
Obviously, Jokic is having a hard time getting into the game against the Warriors.
This isn’t so much a comment on his abilities but rather a sign of just how smart the Warriors and their coaching staff are.
They have seemingly cracked the code on Jokic and have figured out how to shut him down on the court.
On Monday night, the Warriors dominated the Nuggets, 126-106, in Game 2 of the series.
This happened even with Jokic putting up 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Jokic just isn’t having an impact in these games and that’s torpedoing Denver’s chances of making the second round.