The Denver Nuggets took care of business in Game 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers, securing a 121-113 victory. Nikola Jokic scored 37 points on 11-of-18 shooting and made all 12 of his free-throws. He added nine rebounds and six assists to create an even more attractive stat sheet.
But he didn’t get myopic. He wasn’t a me-first glory boy. No, in fact, the big man took time to honor the real heroes postgame.
Jokic singled out a particularly fast-typing scribe and stopped everything so that person could get the attention they so richly deserve.
Russell Westbrook could learn a thing or two here. This is what a symbiotic relationship looks like. People reaching across the spectrum to elevate nimble fingers. Just a beautiful thing.