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Doc Rivers speaks out on Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic being underappreciated


Before Friday’s showdown against the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers expressed that Nikola Jokic remains underappreciated.

Via Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports:

“I don’t think people realize how good he is, just watch him, Doc Rivers said. He’s just a very clever player, he really is. and he’s doing it from the 5-spot.”

After finishing fourth in MVP voting last season, Jokic is having another phenomenal season. The Serbian big man is averaging a career-high 20.8 points,10 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game. The Nuggets center is also shooting 52.7 percent from the field and 33.2 percent from three-point range.

However, Jokic did struggle early on in the season. During a recent interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN, Jokic revealed his 25-pound weight loss is what helped him turn his season around.

“I think I didn’t shoot it that well in the first period, my shots were always off and short and I was a little bit overweight,” said Jokic during an interview during All-Star Weekend.

Nonetheless, the Nuggets are seeking to beat the Clippers for the second time this season. In their previous matchup, the 25-year-old put up a team-high 20 points, to go along with 15 rebounds and six assists in 31 minutes. The seven-footer scored a majority of his points from three-point range, going 3-4 for the night.

Friday’s matchup with be a crucial matchup between both teams as they’re fighting for the second seed in the Western Conference. The Nuggets currently boast a record of 40-18 and are one game ahead of the Clippers.