Will Barton loved how Nikola Jokic stood up on Jae Crowder
The Wednesday night matchup between the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz definitely got a little heated at times. The biggest moment came when a fight broke out and Mason Plumlee and Derrick Favors went after each other. However, the Nikola Jokic and Jae Crowder exchange was one you didn’t want to miss.
Jokic has some words for Jae Crowder pic.twitter.com/ZShravjOdE
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) January 24, 2019
After receiving a traveling call while trying to post up defensive extraordinaire Rudy Gobert, Nikola Jokic appeared to be the target of some words from Crowder. Jokic, who is becoming one of the best players in the league, made sure to let Crowder know you can’t talk to him just however you want.
Fellow Denver Nugget, Will Barton, loved the exchange and unwillingness to backdown displayed by his center:
Will Barton on Nikola Jokic playing with emotion: "I love it, I love it. Did you see me go crazy when he got into it with Crowder?"
— Mike Singer (@msinger) January 24, 2019
The Denver Nuggets have been taking the league by storm this season, and a lot of that has to do with their attitude. Made up of mostly younger players, the Nuggets started the season with the youngest average age of all NBA rosters. They are making sure they don’t get pushed around, though, and have made an effort to let the NBA know it. Whether it is Jokic getting vocal with opposing players, or Jamal Murray getting under the other team’s skin, Denver is definitely one of the pluckier teams in the league.
They are finding success this season, though. Currently only 1.5 games out of the first seed out West, the Denver nuggets have a 31-15 record and a 2.5 game lead on the third seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. If they keep playing how they have been, not only will they make their return to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, they will do it with home court advantage. Come playoff time, they will need all that swagger, as well.