Nuggets coach Mike Malone defended Nikola Jokic on Tuesday after Clippers guard Patrick Beverley accused the Nuggets middle of “flailing” to attract fouls after Los Angeles’ 113-107 win in Recreation Three.
Jokic stuffed the field rating with 32 factors, 12 rebounds and eight assists whereas going Three-for-Four from the foul line within the loss.
Requested what makes Jokic so tough to protect, Beverley mentioned: “He presents the identical sort of, I do not know, I would not say issues, however he presents the identical factor [Luka] Doncic presents, a variety of flailing. You realize, places a variety of strain on the referee to make the best name.”
“I do not actually hearken to Patrick Beverley a complete lot,” Malone mentioned in response. “If Kawhi Leonard was speaking, possibly I’d hearken to him. Kawhi’s a terrific participant.”
“All you bought to do is take a look at the stat sheet. [Ivica] Zubac tried extra free throws than Nikola Jokic,” Malone continued. “They shot 26 free throws, we shot 10. So I am probably not certain what recreation Patrick is speaking about or , however I actually do not warrant and provides an excessive amount of consideration to that.”
By the primary three video games of the sequence, Jokic has taken 10 free throws. Leonard, in the meantime, has tried 17, whereas Clippers team-mate Paul George has 15.