Nikola Jokić – A The Dallas Mavericks knew precisely how they wanted to guard Jokić alongside a depleted starting lineup. They doubled him every time he touched the ball. They were willing to front him and dare Denver’s guards to drop entry passes over the top. The blueprint is out on stopping the shorthanded Nuggets, but that didn’t stop Jokić…

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Brendan moved to Colorado at the start of the 2017-18 NBA season with dreams of covering the Denver Nuggets with a full time media credential. After obtaining that credential during a brief tenure with the Denver Stiffs, he made the move to DNVR at the start of the rebrand. You can read his work on DNVR Nuggets, hear him on the DNVR Nuggets podcast, and follow his tweets @DNVR_Nuggets. Follow Brendan on Twitter - @BrendanVogt