The Golden State Warriors face a tough test on Monday when they take on the Denver Nuggets at the Chase Center. Prior to the game, Dubs head coach Steve Kerr was asked about his game plan against Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic. His response was equal parts hilarious and spot on.
According to Kerr, it simply isn't about trying to slow down the Nuggets star:
“Maybe the question should be how do we speed him up?” Kerr said, via Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports. “… While he may not be blazing out there, he just does anything he wants.
“He has the skill, the brain, the feel, the timing, that all the great ones have.”
Fair assessment from coach Kerr here. Jokic isn't exactly the quickest player out there, but he's certainly one of the best of them. So much so, that the Nuggets center has established himself as a legitimate MVP frontrunner this season. With how things have been going thus far, this could actually be Jokic's year.
Kerr could not agree more. He clearly believes that Jokic possesses the tools to be an all-time great, and as he admitted in his statement above, the Warriors will be hard-pressed to try and stop the Serbian national on Monday.
Both the Nuggets and the Warriors have playoff aspirations this term, albeit in varying degrees. Denver is chasing a Top 3 finish in the West while the Warriors are fighting for dear life. Entering Monday's contest, the Dubs sit two games outside the playoffs picture in what is truly a ruthless Western Conference.