meAnyone who doubts that the playoffs are a different tournament than the regular season, especially in NBAThey should think again, especially after a reaction Nikola Jokic In game 2, in addition to being in Draymond Green His opponent was the embodiment ofDenver Nuggetsfrustration against Golden State Warriors.
Overall, Joker’s numbers in this second game at Chase Center were great (26 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists) but the mind games proved a lot for the Serbian.
Green and his co-workers knew how to slow down power play for the 2021-22 MVP nominee, but not just through physical play, but also through the kind of basketball that breaks league players down to ground level.
The pressure that fell on the Nuggets roster after this pair of matches at The Bay is brutal. Jokic’s expulsion was the greatest display of helplessness in the face of the Warriors’ confidence and clarity of play, but what happened in the final inning out of the team bordered on absurdity.
Cousins and a new outbreak against the Warriors
While the Splash Brothers racked up 74 points to Golden State’s 126, Will Barton and DeMarcus Cousins were fired by their teammates to avoid a major disaster.
And boy, could it have been worse, remember that Cousins was sent off in the fourth quarter of the first game against his former team after making two back-to-back technical fouls. After 12 years in the league, the veteran player continues to have his emotions in check.
On Thursday, the series moves to Denver, where the home team will have to create an internal explosion that will turn the frustration that emerged in the first two games of the best version of all their players… and for Jokic and Cousins to show it. Mentally prepared to show signs of life against warriors.