Jusuf Nurkic status: playoffs.
Nikola Jokic status: not playoffs.
Does this mean anything? I am tempted to say it does, because I know the audience for this video will include a portion of Nurkic-only fans, but I don’t think it does. At most, it says that Nurkic has Damian Lillard on his team and Jokic does not.
Nurkic has really stepped it up this season, though. The Blazers have sort of given up on making him into a playmaker, and he’s benefiting. Now he just rolls to the basket, grabs boards, and plays as much defense as he can. Which is a lot. Those midgets in the backcourt can take the shots, fine. He’ll just hang around and make Anthony Davis his personal buttboy.