Despite Nikola Jokic’s outstanding performance of 41 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists, the Nuggets fell short against the Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The Heat emerged victorious with a close score of 111-108, tying the series at 1-1. In the wake of the defeat, the Serbian superstar expressed the need for improved communication and discipline within the team.
Speaking about the loss, Jokic acknowledged the Nuggets’ defensive lapses, saying, “You need to know what to do, and we had a lot of miscommunication and misunderstanding. They were getting open looks, especially in the beginning of the game, and we had a couple at the end of the game too. So we just need to know where to be or what to do, what’s the coverage or whatever.”
Jokic emphasized the importance of discipline, especially against a formidable opponent like the Heat. Miami drained 17 three-pointers and shot an impressive 48 percent from the field in the game. The two-time MVP stressed the need for the team to remain disciplined and avoid breakdowns, as the Heat capitalize on any mistakes made.
As the series shifts to Miami for the next two games, the Nuggets understand the significance of rectifying their defensive issues. Jokic’s leadership will be vital in reinforcing the team’s communication and defensive structure. The Nuggets aim to regroup and display a more disciplined approach in order to regain control of the series.
“I think just discipline is the key for us,” he said. “If you’re not disciplined, if you’re gonna have breakdown, it’s not going to be a long series of course just because they’re punishing you as soon as you make mistakes. Hopefully, we’re gonna disciplined for next game.”