After the game, I was talking to some people about what to make of Nikola Jokic’s ridiculous night. Two years ago, this line would’ve led sports center, especially when you factor in all of the highlight worthy passes. Fast forward to 2019, and a 19 point, 15 assist, 14 rebound triple-double is unremarkable great.
It’s not that it wasn’t impressive. It’s that Jokic is so consistently great that this is just who he is. MVP chants rained down on his as he walked off of the court tonight and Jokic said after the game that he appreciated the love. The thing is, the MVP chants aren’t silly anymore. Jokic really does affect the game in ways that few players can. On nights like this one, he just casual drops a stat line that has only been achieved by 15 players in NBA history and I’m not sure if it will go down as one of his five best games of the season when it’s all said and done.
Check out the full highlights and thank your lucky stars that we get to watch this guy every night.