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Gru’s Your Daddy: Nikola Jokic makes the Lakers his Minions again

Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven, not eight, nine. Nikola Jokic played hero again for the Denver Nuggets as he upset the Los Angeles Lakers for a ninth straight victory – this coming Saturday in Game 1 of Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs, when the Mile High City crew won 114-103 . .

Dressed as Gru walking through Ball Arena and starring in a new commercial for Despicable Me on Saturday, Jokic’s anti-villain league was tasked with taking on longtime rival Los Angeles and LeBron James. Unable to steal the moon, Jokic once again stole all the hope from the Lakers and their stars via a sparkling debut in this year’s postseason.

The Joker scored 32 points on 23 shots, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out seven assists and added two steals while battling the Brow. Anthony Davis held on, but like the rest of his team disappeared late, creating the familiar story of a close battle between the two, with Denver eventually pulling away late. The Game 1 MVP chants that graced Jokic’s hands turned into cheers from the entire crowd “Who is your father?”

“It’s incredible to watch on a night in, night out basis and I will never sell him short or forget his greatness, no matter how many times he does it, no matter how used to it, we get, I always go give him his flowers because it’s amazing to see,” Nuggets youngster Peyton Watson said like a superhero as he flipped down his sunglasses to look into the camera. The forward scored eight early bench points and was the fifth player in franchise history to score that many so quickly in the playoffs. “(Jokic’s play) is really inspiring for someone like me who’s just trying to be the best I can in this league.”

While the bad blood between the teams continues to boil, the Lakers remained quite baffled by what Jokic and the Nuggets did to them.

“I thought we played good ball tonight, but it could have been better. There just isn’t much room for error against Denver, especially on the home floor. said James. “You can’t give them additional property.”

Denver defeated the Lakers 49-40. It looks very much like Jokic’s size, strength and endurance will finally bring an uneventful end to sports superhero James’ 21-year run. Over the past 18 months, the Nuggets have turned their old rival into nothing more than their minions. Denver determines both his fate and that of his yellow subordinates.

“I thought the game could go really bad because they were big at one point,” Jokic said. “We just took off with that 10-point lead in the third quarter and controlled the last quarter.”

The Nuggets turned a 12-point first-half deficit into an eventual runaway as they only got better as the game went on.

Maybe that’s the story of Saturday, as Gru-Nikola and the Nuggets continued to improve in Game 1. No, Nikola hasn’t adopted three daughters by the end of the evening, but he talked about family and his support for Michael Porter Jr., who has faced a lot of conflict this week, with both of his brothers getting into serious trouble.

“When you’re on the court you don’t think about it and that’s the great thing about basketball,” Joke saiD. “Family is the first thing, but we (the Nuggets) are like family too. Hopefully he can find peace and be in a good place mentally.”

Porter finished with a key 19 points and eight rebounds.

Maybe not as beautiful as the moon, but the Nuggets surprised in many places in the first game of this best-of-seven. Jokic and the Blue Arrow’s Jamal Murray combined for 17 assists without a turnover.

“I think we know what we want, we don’t try to make things up and everyone knows where they need to be,” Murray said. “That’s the great thing about this team, it’s just pure basketball, there’s no fighting.”

While Nikola Jokic may not really be Gru, his legacy is once again neglected by taking the early series lead over the Lakers. And whether he knows it or not, the soon-to-be three-time NBA MVP has a lot in common with the lovable villain turned hero in the Universal Pictures blockbuster.

“I love the man, I love the cartoon,” Jokic said of Gru. “I just wanted to have a little fun.”