Nikola Jokic fires WARNING about Victor Wembanyama to rest of NBA, makes bold prediction about Spurs rookie
Jokic praises Wembanyama after stunning performance.
Victor Wembanyama and Nikola Jokic (via NBA.com)
The Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic recognized the talent of the San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama. The duo faced off for the first time in the NBA. The Joker and the Nuggets emerged victorious, but Victor Wembanyama continued to make strides.
Fans and analysts have compared Wemby to LeBron James and the great Michael Jordan, positioning him as the next face of the NBA. Starting the season explosively, he has averaged 19.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game, spearheading the Spurs team at the bottom of the Western Conference standings (3-14).
In the Nuggets’ 132-120 victory over the Spurs, the Joker, scoring 39 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists, showered the young rookie with praise. This is what he said:
He is going to change the game 100 percent. He's already on the path, so for all the guys, just enjoy and watch the show and let the guy change the game.I think he's 19 years old. He's not getting scared or getting tired. He's playing hard, and he wants to be good.Nikola Jokic on Victor Wembanyama
Although currently sidelined due to injury, Jokic has maintained impressive form, as anticipated. This season, he has averaged 28.8 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 8.9 assists per game, contributing to his team’s rise to third place in the Western Conference standings.
Denver Nuggets shocks LA Clippers without Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic, who is currently nursing a back injury, sat out the game against the LA Clippers. Despite widespread predictions anticipating a loss, the Nuggets faced additional challenges with notable absentees in Aaron Gordon and Jamal Murray.
The Nuggets secured a triumphant 113-104 victory in a dazzling conclusion. Reggie Jackson, formerly of the LA Clippers, demonstrating his prowess, contributed 35 points, five rebounds, and 13 assists, ensuring his absence was unfelt.
The Clippers initially claimed a narrow 3-point lead in the first quarter (28-25), but the Nuggets surged ahead in the second quarter, concluding the first half with a 5-point lead (28-33).
The dynamics shifted dramatically in the second half when the Clippers, mounting a comeback, dominated the Nuggets 32-19 in the 3rd quarter, establishing an 11-point lead by the quarter’s end. However, the 4th quarter unfolded as a decisive twist, with the Clippers’ stars losing their shooting precision. This lapse allowed the Nuggets to seize the lead, resulting in a stunning victory on their home turf.
The complete severity of Jokic’s injury remains uncertain. Without a set return date, the Nuggets must elevate their performance in his absence to maintain their status as the league’s best team. Next for the Nuggets is a home game at the Ball Arena against the Houston Rockets.
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