Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: Scores 11 points in Tuesday's loss
Jokic tallied 11 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist and one steal across 26 minutes in Tuesday's 97-87 preseason loss to the Thunder.
Coach Michael Malone once again rolled out a lineup that featured Jokic at power forward and Jusuf Nurkic at center, an arrangement that figures to carry through to the start of the regular season. While it's not ideal for Jokic to guard stretch-four types on the defensive end, he and Nurkic present their own matchup problems on the other side of the court. Jokic's passing and shooting abilities make him the more versatile of the two big men and it's expected that he'll produce more cross-category value, but Nurkic profiles as the superior rebounder and shot blocker of the two.