Young NBA superstar offers hilarious, explicit description of guarding Nikola Jokic

Apr 10, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) calls out
Apr 10, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) calls out / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets are still reeling from their brutal collapse on Friday night that resulted in a devastating loss to the Spurs. With that loss, the Nuggets have fallen back to a three-way tie with the Thunder and Timberwolves for the Western Conference’s best record. Winning on Sunday won’t be enough, the Nuggets will need some help to achieve the top seed now.

They blew a 23-point second-half lead in San Antonio partly due to the brilliance of Victor Wembanyama, but Denver played a role in their own demise. Jokic, for one, didn’t have one of his best games. He finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 12 assists - hardly a bad performance. But for his standards, that’s an almost pedestrian line, especially against a team like the Spurs.

Off night for the Joker

Jokic had dominated Wemby in the other matchups, including a 40-point game in late March, but he seemed passive at times, attempting only 13 field goals, and wasn’t there to bail the Nuggets out down the stretch.

There’s no cause for concern with Jokic, of course, and the fact anyone is questioning his performance just shows the level he has achieved. But it’s a reminder that he is human, and is capable of off nights that result in losses.

Jokic dominated the Timberwolves

That was not the case on Wednesday night when the Nuggets beat the Wolves behind an incredible Jokic performance. At the time it looked like that may have clinched the number one seed and the MVP award for Jokic.

The Wolves have had the best defense in the league all season, and they’ve had relative success against the Joker recently, but not in this one. The Joker was incredible and fueled the Denver victory down the stretch. Minnesota threw one defender after another at Nikola but they didn’t have an answer.

After the game, Wolves superstar guard Anthony Edwards was asked about how difficult it is to guard Jokic and offered this hilarious and complimentary quote:

""I don't know, I don't have to guard him... It look hard. I dunno, motherf***er's unstoppable. So I dunno, you gotta ask Naz and Rudy and Kyle. It looks hard.""

Anthony Edwards

Nuggets fans can take a moment to laugh at this commentary from Ant-Man. You may feel down and disappointed today, but remember what the Nuggets have done over the last year and how lucky we are to have Jokic in Denver.

Because at the end of the day, he is unstoppable; he knows it. When the lights are brightest and the games matter most, he will come through yet again for this team. They may not win it all, but won’t be because Jokic lets them down.