Nikola Jokić put up an NBA Finals performance for the ages on Thursday night, logging a 27-point triple-double that included 14 assists in a win over the Heat to give the Nuggets a 1-0 series lead.
Jokić, in 16 games this postseason, is now averaging an absurd 29.8 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 10.5 assists per game, while shooting 54.2 percent from the field and a remarkable 47.5 percent from downtown on 3.7 attempts per game.
It’s enough for Boomer to declare this playoff run by Jokić to be the greatest individual postseason performance in NBA history.
“There have been a lot of great playoff performers. A lot of great individual games,” Boomer said. “Walt Frazier game seven beating the Lakers, a triple-double, the Michael Jordan flu game. We are witnessing, right now, the greatest individual overall performance in NBA playoff history with Nikola Jokić.
“He is averaging a triple-double and doing it so effortlessly. It’s gotta be the single greatest NBA overall playoff performance ever. It has to be.”
Jokić was pulling off his usual eye-opening passes on Thursday night, all while logging his now typical triple-double in a ridiculous playoff run that has seen the Nuggets win seven straight games, and have lost just three all postseason. Boomer is glad to see Jokić on the national stage so all NBA fans can witness his greatness.
“We’re in the middle of it. His numbers are ridiculous,” Boomer said. “I can go back to Hakeem Olajuwon in 1995 when he just dominated everybody, but he wasn’t averaging a triple-double…do you ever remember him dribbling up the court like Nikola Jokić does? The shots are ridiculous. The shooting percentage is ridiculous. The fact that he can be a point guard at 6-foot-11…and it looks so effortless. It doesn’t even look like he’s sweating when he’s playing.
“The fact that he’s not an MVP for the third year in a row is ridiculous. The fact that Mark Jackson didn’t have him on his MVP ballot is a disgrace. He is once again proving to everybody that he is far and away the best basketball player in the world.”