Nuggets coach Mike Malone defended Nikola Jokic on Tuesday soon after Clippers guard Patrick Beverley accused the Nuggets heart of “flailing” to attract fouls soon after Los Angeles’ 113-107 get in Activity three.
Jokic stuffed the box score with 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists while heading three-for-4 from the foul line in the loss.
Requested what tends to make Jokic so difficult to guard, Beverley explained: “He provides the exact same style of, I don’t know, I wouldn’t say troubles, but he provides the exact same thing [Luka] Doncic provides, a great deal of flailing. You know, places a great deal of pressure on the referee to make the suitable call.”
“I don’t definitely pay attention to Patrick Beverley a complete great deal,” Malone explained in reaction. “If Kawhi Leonard was speaking, possibly I could possibly pay attention to him. Kawhi’s a fantastic participant.”
“All you received to do is glance at the stat sheet. [Ivica] Zubac attempted extra absolutely free throws than Nikola Jokic,” Malone ongoing. “They shot 26 absolutely free throws, we shot 10. So I’m not definitely positive what video game Patrick is speaking about or seeking at, but I definitely don’t warrant and give far too considerably notice to that.”
By way of the initial a few games of the series, Jokic has taken 10 absolutely free throws. Leonard, in the meantime, has attempted seventeen, even though Clippers workforce-mate Paul George has 15.