Nikola Jokic wins the 2023 NBA Finals MVP, making history by recording the first triple-double in a Finals game with 30 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Nikola Jokic wins the 2023 NBA Finals MV
Nikola Jokic wins the 2023 NBA Finals MVP, Making history by recording the first triple-double in a Finals game with 30 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists.
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The 6-foot-11 center was named NBA Finals MVP after guiding the Denver Nuggets to their first championship in team history, adding to his collection of awards that he doesn't give a Serbian horse's behind about.
Jokic now has two NBA MVP awards, a Finals MVP, and a Western Conference Finals MVP in addition to the Larry O'Brien Trophy that he and his teammates won on Monday night at Ball Arena.
The Nuggets displayed posters in their locker room throughout the five-game series with various inspirational sayings, including Jokic's catchphrase for the quest for a championship: "We have a chance to do something nice."
Jokic recorded his ninth and tenth triple-doubles of the playoffs while averaging 30.2 points, 14.0 rebounds, and 7.2 assists during the Finals. By Game 3, he had already surpassed Wilt Chamberlain's mark for the most triple-doubles in a single postseason. He then became the first NBA Finals player to record a 30-point, 20-rebound, 10-assist performance.
“The job is done,” Jokic said after winning the title. “We can go home now.”
The Joker dominated all players in both the most sophisticated measurements and the crucial base-level statistics, like points, rebounds, assists, and field goals made, during the 2023 NBA playoffs. He was top in the league in several categories, including box plus/minus, win shares per 48 minutes, player efficiency rating, offensive box plus/minus, and value above a replacement player.
Box plus/minus measures how many extra points a player contributes per 100 possessions compared to league-average players. Jokic would win easily if the prize was given to the postseason player with the best overall performance.
His Finals performance, though, stood out differently. the background is important, and for the Nuggets, that background included their second- and third-best scorers' lapses in offense on occasion. Jamal Murray had two of his four lowest-scoring games of the postseason during the NBA Finals, after averaging 32.5 points in the Western Conference Finals. In the series, he shot 45.1%, a 5% decline from the WCF.
Michael Porter Jr. was merely constantly wrong if Murray was a little uneven. He was given a maximum contract in 2021 due to his accurate 3-point shooting. For Denver, he averaged 9.6 points per game and shot 14.3% from beyond the arc in the Finals.
Jokic was the only consistent, unstoppable force for the Nuggets. All four of his colleagues improved when he was present on the court. Using Murray as his two-man partner, he shredded the Heat's bombardment of defensive coverages, allowing pick-and-rolls, pick-and-pops, dribble handoffs, inverted ball screens, and every other variation of basketball play imaginable. When Miami dared him, he never hesitated to take the easy 3-point shot. Why not take it, you ask? He had a series starting percentage of 47.4% and then drilled 8 of 19 shots in the Finals.
Jokic answered everything the Heat threw at him. The undisputed series MVP, though, scrunched his nose between Games 3 and 4, leaving him unable to respond to anything.
Does he feel like there’s more of an emphasis on individual stats in the U.S. than in Europe?
I only talk about people giving me stats, and I'm trying to say that basketball is a team sport, he added. “… I believe that's how everything functions. In Europe, it may be somewhat (more) about the team and the winning. It's winning here too, but perhaps with more statistics. I have no idea. I'm not sure, at all. Wonderful inquiry.
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