San Antonio Spurs

Game Preview: Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs

Early in the first of that game he made an aggressive move in the post on Aldridge that drew Derrick White away from Jamal Murray , who Jokic ended up finding for a wide-open 3:

While Will Barton , Jamal Murray, a returning Isaiah Thomas , and rookie Monte Morris are all capable of creating their own shots, Jokic is still responsible for assisting on 38% of all field goals made when he is in the game (Fun Fact: No Nugget player who has played more than 10 games is creating more than 29% of their own 3-point field goal MAKES).

This made it all the more surprising that Gregg Popovich decided to give Jakob Poeltl the nod in the starting line-up over Rudy Gay during Saturday’s win over the Thunder , with the only legit back-up big, Chimezie Metu , being inactive.

Poeltl came up big with 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 blocks in his 26 minutes of time, while Rudy was able to give the bench 22 points and a legit-wing who can get his own shot, attack mismatches, and play within the flow of the offense, something that they’ve lacked.

Here he takes big man Nerlens Noel out on the perimeter and dances with him, giving him a few head fakes before shaking him for the mid-range jumper:

He’s had success with it as recently as the 16-17 season, when the Spurs won 61 games starting LaMarcus Aldridge and either Pau Gasol or Dewayne Dedmon for the majority of them.

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