Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic in crazy over-the-line pass for Aaron Gordon to win the game: ‘It was a normal pass’

Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic made one of the best passes of the season, one of the best of his career, possibly one of the best passes imaginable on Wednesday. He was dual-coordinated, with three long arms reaching back, leaning back, with the shot and the clock dropping in stoppage time, and he threw the ball past both defenders, all the way to the other side of the field, exactly when Aaron Gordon becomes open in the corner.

In case you lost it:

After Gordon successfully made 3, the Nuggets won overtime 130-128 first Los Angeles Clippers. Jokic ended with a stat line that didn’t even make sense: 49 points, shot 16 to 25, deep back 3 to 5, 14 to 16 from the line, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 hits steal and a block in 41 minutes. And in his post-match press conference, he said this About that support:

“I thought it was a normal pass.”


Let’s look at it again from a flirting perspective:

Sure, buddy. It was a normal pass, and it’s an ordinary collar.

Quote, in context: “I mean, I think I made those passes before this game. I think I…do those passes on a regular basis, so I think it’s a normal pass.”

Jokic is a humble guy, but, you know? I think he’s being sincere. He always makes spectacular passes. He does reads asking you to throw it right into the money in the tick of time when the defense is breached. This is different because of the timing and the scores and the fact that he has two men on him, but it probably doesn’t feel any different to him.

Earlier in the press conference, Jokic explained what he saw in the play.

“There’s a time difference between (the shot and the game clock) and they just give me the ball and I just want to spend (some) time, just to give them (as little) time as possible. “, he told reporters. “And then (Amir) Coffee came to me, Will Barton pulls in front of me, Jeff (Green) is in the pit (in place), Monte (Morris) is cutting from the slit – he’s on the nail, and he’s carrying, I think, Terance Mann – and AG was wide open in the corner.

“I’m just waiting for the pass to open. I think If I pass it to (Barton), it’s like a lot of people around that area, so I just want to pass it to someone who’s open.”

It is a simple game, if you see all that. Most players can’t, at least not be subjected to overwhelming time pressure, again, with two defenders trying to trap them. That Jokic can see it, instantly, and then actually shoot that pass at the target? Here’s why he deserves another First – really, yeah, no big deal. Normal pass.

(Also: Thanks to Morris. Awesome!) Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic in crazy over-the-line pass for Aaron Gordon to win the game: ‘It was a normal pass’

Charles Jones

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