Nurse proud regardless of ‘superior’ Jokic ending Raptors profitable streak

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04 Dec 2018, 17:05 IST
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Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse

Nick Nurse had no qualms with the way in which his Toronto Raptors workforce tried to defend towards Nikola Jokic and conceded the centre was “superior” because the Denver Nuggets snapped his aspect’s profitable streak. 

Jokic completed with a triple-double of 23 factors, 15 assists and 11 rebounds in a high quality all-round show that ended the Raptors’ run at eight, whereas stretching the Nuggets’ personal to 6.

The Raptors (20-5), who lead the Japanese Convention and have the perfect report within the NBA this season, trailed 59-47 at half-time and fell simply quick in a 106-103 house loss on Monday.

Raptors head coach Nurse felt his aspect did an honest job defending towards Jokic, however acknowledged they paid the worth for an underwhelming first half.

“I assumed Jokic was superior, he did not shoot the ball very nicely however he was certain delivering it to folks like he does,” he informed reporters.

“And he finds these guys on cuts and late put up up cuts, you’ve got guarded the reduce and he’ll take them late on the opposite aspect of the basket and issues like that. 

“So, first half I did not assume we defended him nicely via the possession, we guarded the preliminary motion or second motion and so they ran three or 4 actions and we might lastly break down. 

“We did not shoot the ball value a darn within the first half and I feel that zapped a number of the defensive power too. 

“However I am fairly proud, I assumed the fellows performed their guts out second half, we guarded them fairly nicely. I assumed we just about dominated them second half however did not fairly go for us on the finish.”

He added on Jokic: “I used to be form of hoping we would be able to disrupt him with just a little extra strain and he simply appeared to deal with it, I assumed we labored exhausting on him we tried to place him below some duress with the ball. 

“But it surely would not faze him. He turns his physique and makes use of his large shoulders, and bottom to carry you off and may nonetheless see you whereas does that.

“I would not fault our guys in any respect for the way they tried to protect him and I assumed we ate in to him. He wasn’t actually coming shut as a scorer there late. 

“I assumed we had been consuming into him there and one possession right here or there late may need turned that the opposite method.”

The Nuggets (16-7) are prime of the Western Convention.

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