Thank God we have Jokic. Bogdanovic and Bjelica are so frustrating to watch sometimes. Bjelica is like 0-6 from three in the 8 minutes he has played and Bogdanovic missed 3 free throws in a row and both his shots. They just jack up shots when it's not necessary. Play the Euro ball and pass it.
if you guys didn't see or read already, Jokic got ejected from the game after 20 minutes of play and a stat line of 19/6/3. He was getting hacked all night by the Clippers and wasn't get the calls under the basket. It's been building up for a while. He's the only top 10 player in the NBA that doesn't get "superstar" calls. Hell, even Doncic is getting them at the moment. One reason could be because Jokic flops a lot but I swear he has scratches on his arms almost every game. They physically target him because they can't stop him. So, Jokic gets called for a soft foul and he makes some frustrated hand gestures and says some words to the ref and gets a really ridiculous rejection. He was moaning all game but the ref was waiting for the opportunity to give him an ejection on the spot. I'm sure Jokic will come back firing in the next game. Last time something happened like this, he had a monster 37 points 17 rebounds in the first 3 quarters. I'm not worried about him.
Teodosic is on his way to Turkish Efes. I was wondering after the blowout last night why he didn't get any minutes. He looked very angry and depressed at the same time on the bench. It's probably because he knows he's gone. Should have came to the NBA when he was younger and worked on his fitness. When the game was played slower, he definitely could have been an advanced playmaking Jaric type of player with a more concrete outside shot. I expect him to be one of the key players for the WC next summer so he needs to get back into his old form. Shame his short stint in the NBA didn't work out. It has definitely tainted his legacy.
Almost went to this game. ****kkkkk. Major regrets now.
Anyhow, big balls Bogi with another game winner. What's new
I feel like he still has another level to him. He gets inside his own head sometimes. He's too obsessed with every miss. In the 4th quarter, he just relaxes and is in the zone. That's the Bogi we need to see all game long. The other aspect is he needs to be more aggressive and attack the rim. He gets too scared going up against shot blocker and alters his shot which makes him miss easy layups and what not.
But I love this kid. I like him even more than Jokic to be honest. He's got that Srpski Inat like Djokovic and Bjelica has some of it too.
I also love how he turned around before the shot went in. When they interviewed him, he said he knew it was going in and that's why he started running towards his teammates.
It's also Jokic's personality. There's a reason they call him "Joker"
He doesn't care enough.
He has gained all his weight back so his summer "conditioning" was once again a waste of time. If he actually took his career seriously, he could be an unstoppable force.
His worst trait is that he's so damn hard headed. Sometimes, he doesn't shoot just to prove a point which is evident that his team doesn't come first when he says, "I don't care about my stats only if we win"....BS. Because at the same time he puts his head down and says, "I need to be more aggressive for my team" and then gets ejected from a ball game. Kid needs to grow up still. Luckily, he's only 23 going on 24. He's clearly a very emotional fella and it's insane to think that he still has a lot of upside if he matures and takes his conditioning seriously. It seems like every winter he gains back 15 pounds when his mom comes to visit for a few weeks.
Anyhow, let's see how he bounces back tonight against the Spurs again. This will show character.
Jokic is so frustrating to watch. He just doesn't try. Allowed rookie Ayton to score 25 points on him in the first half! He hasn't been trying to go for the rebounds. Just lets them come down to him. Isn't looking to score. Only when he has to. His stats are not representative of his play because they run everything through him and he just stands in one spot the whole game. Has to be the laziest Serbian I've seen in the NBA.
He's not the type of guy that will ever show up every night. People compare him to Marc Gasol but Gasol is there every night.
I wonder if he still lives with his brothers . I picture them eating cevapi every night and burek for breakfast. He needs to get in better cardio but he is also smart pacing himself against the suns on a back to back night. The thing is he plays pretty good as a doughy white boy and it's kind of funny when no one can guard him
Yeah but that pacing literally almost cost them the game here. Nuggets were up nearly 30 points at two points in the game and Suns came back to only a 3 point deficit.
Murray saves the Nuggets once again.
Anyhow, Jokic finishes with 23/8/9. If he actually tried, he legit could have had 40/15/12. This is why he will most likely never win MVP. He doesn't have the fight and will like Bogi and Doncic have for example. He doesn't realize that the better he is individually, the more it helps his team. If he's backing down more in the post and then he gets doubled, he kicks it out to his teammates. He needs a teammate that can push him because Malone is too beta as a coach.
I just can't believe his coach his coach doesn't hold him accountable for his conditioning. I can literally see his belly through his jersey. It's just embarrassing. If I was a pro athlete, I would be embarrassed to be making 25 million dollars a year but can't stay in shape because I'm a fat kid at heart. Like seriously? Just pathetic behavior and it's no surprise that he rejects the NT. He's lazy. Wants a summer back home in Sombor so he can sit in a ****ing chair and ride horses and pretend to be doing "conditioning"
He's really getting on my last nerve. Thank god we have Bogi and Bjelica. I've defended Jokic more than anyone on this board but I hate looking at players that don't live up to their full potential because they are lazy
Time to see if the Kings have got some character. They're 20-20 at the midway point of their season, 1.5 games behind the Lakers for 8th spot in the West. In the next 5 games they play...
Phoenix (A), Detroit (H), Charlotte (H), Detroit (A), Brooklyn (A).
All of these games are winnable, and if they want to make the playoffs they need to go on a small run here. Bogdanovic has been playing pretty well as of late, Bjelica is a bit hit or miss. He keeps getting the minutes. Sometimes he has a double double, sometimes not. I hope he can find that consistency.
Jokic is tearing it up for the Nuggets and they find themselves first in the West. Meanwhile for the Clippers, Teo and Marjanovic have not featured at all in the last couple of games. Hope Bobi gets some more chances, while Teo seems to be out of there.
Teo would be best just leaving to come back to Europe...he's went over later than he should have done and the most difficult thing for players like him is going from controlling everything and bossing the game to being bit part/not playing. Sale spoke about this on Arena Sport a couple of weeks ago on 'U Obrucu'.
Jokic is having a great season but I do get the feeling that a lot of people in Serbia aren't bothered by him. One has to be a star with the NT to really get the acknowledgement...I really hope he does show up this summer but I'm not confident he will.
Also happy to note how well Borisa Simanic has been performing for Zvezda this season.
He really looked he wouldn't be up to much despite his talents and crazy physical attributes but he's really came along well under Tomic. Complete change of attitude and aggression. Good defensively, can hit the three, can attack the basket...
At his age (20) I think he seems ideal for a NBA draft and stash for a couple of seasons to see how he progresses.