BASKETBALL – Jokic is ‘of course’ ready to sign a max contract deal with the Nuggets.

The reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic is set to sign a supermax extension with the Denver Nuggets “if the offer is on the table.”

Jokic’s season was cut short on Wednesday by the Nuggets’ 4-1 first-round playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors, who might be voted the league’s best player for the second year in a row.

The center’s current contract expires in a year, but he appears willing to extend his time in Denver.

According to ESPN, Jokic is eligible for a five-year, $254 million contract extension.

Of course, I’d want that, he remarked after Game 5 against the Warriors. But it’s not something I’m making a decision on.

I believe that if the offer is made, I will accept it because I genuinely appreciate the organization and the individuals who work here.

I get along well with everyone, from the owner to the equipment manager.

Of course, a second potential MVP award would be fantastic, but Jokic continued, “If I don’t get it, I’m not going to die.”

Individual recognition has not been an issue for the Nuggets’ Serbian, with the team instead falling short in the playoffs – albeit this year primarily owing to injury issues.

Jamal Murray missed the entire season after tearing his ACL prior to the 2020-21 postseason, while Michael Porter Jr. played in only nine games.

We don’t know what we can do because we were sick, said Jokic. Do we have any skills? Yes. Can we make a difference? Probably.

 

 

Curry celebrates the Warriors’ first playoff series victory since 2019.

 

Steph Curry has won an NBA title three times, but just getting past the first round of the playoffs this time was a great relief for the Golden State Warriors superstar.

After missing the playoffs for the past two years, Golden State is back and in the hunt, having advanced to the second round with a 4-1 series triumph against the Denver Nuggets, capped by a 102-98 victory in Game 5 on Wednesday.

Curry’s 30 points, five rebounds, and five assists helped the Warriors defeat Denver’s Nikola Jokic, who also scored 30 points while grabbing 19 rebounds and dishing out eight assists.

Curry made his first start since returning from a foot injury, and the Warriors now await the winner of the first-round matchup between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves, which the Grizzlies lead 3-2.

Following titles in 2015, 2017, and 2018, the Warriors were defeated in the NBA Finals in 2019 and subsequently experienced two difficult seasons.

Curry’s apparent delight came from winning again in the playoffs.

It means a lot to me. He stated, “I never take it for granted.” We understand that we still have a lot of work to do, but getting to the playoffs, going through a series, and winning four games against a talented club is difficult.

Every squad aspires to be in this position at the end of the season. For Draymond [Green], Klay [Thompson], and [Kevon] Looney, we’ve all been there before and enjoyed the competitiveness and the atmosphere.

Tonight was simply a strange feeling since we hadn’t been there in a long time and wanted it so badly that we made it a lot more difficult for ourselves, but we still remembered how to do it, which was a fantastic feeling.

The Warriors had to hold back a Nuggets team that threatened to extend the series to a sixth game.

“They had a lot of life in that third quarter, and it was a nice reminder of how difficult it is to win a playoff game, and how difficult it is to close a team out, and just dealing with the stress of it all because it counts so much,” Curry said. We wanted it so much that it got in our way a little.

The fourth quarter was all about finding a way to get it done, getting enough stops to speed up the game and put some pressure on them, which we did.

It was a fantastic way to complete the game because everyone contributed. It wasn’t exactly how you’d imagine it, but it was a playoff-style scenario where you could win and get out of here.

 

 

Budenholzer: The Bucks have demonstrated depth even without Middleton.

Mike Budenholzer believes the Milwaukee Bucks demonstrated their depth by reaching the Eastern Conference playoff semi-finals despite the absence of Khris Middleton.

The defending champs defeated the injury-plagued Chicago Bulls 116-100 in Game 5 at Fiserv Forum on Wednesday to progress out of the first round of the playoffs.

Middleton damaged the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Game 2’s fourth quarter, but the Bucks proved they could play without him.

Middleton will miss the start of the playoff semi-final series against the Boston Celtics, according to Budenholzer.

However, Milwaukee’s head coach is sure that other players will step up in his absence.

We’ve talked a lot about the depth of the roster and the quality of the roster this season, according to Budenholzer.

Other players have stepped up and performed admirably. Our defense has tightened considerably, and we’ve relied heavily on it over the last three games. We have depth. We have a good bunch.

We miss Khris; I don’t think anyone realizes how vital and effective he is to us. While he is unavailable, we must perform admirably across the board.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Game 5 to help the Bucks terminate the Bulls’ season.

The two-time MVP stressed the need of being “desperate” to complete the task in the absence of Middleton.

After Game 2, the squad realized what was going on. Antetokounmpo explained. “We understood what had to be done, and we had to be desperate.”

We needed to go out and compete at a high level. Pay as much attention to detail as possible. Defensively assist one another. We must work together to achieve our goals. It isn’t a one-man or two-man show.

Now we’re in a different series, playing a different team, a very, very good team, and hoping to repeat.

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