Why can not Phoenix assault Nikola Jokic’s defense?

Nikola Jokic was obligated to limit Denver’s defensive success, but the Nuggets have locked down the Suns in the very first two games? How? Why can not Phoenix take advantage of Jokic’s defense? This detailed film breakdown & scouting report breaks down the Nuggets defensive tactics, and why Coach Michael Malone, Aaron Gordon, Kentavius Caldwell-Pope, Bruce Brown and others have use horizontal quickness to decelerate Kevin Durant, Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns.

Ben Taylor is the writer of Thinking Basketball, a Nylon Calculus contributor, creator of the Backpicks Top 40 series & host of the Thinking Basketball podcast.

It is intended for critique and education.

Music by Didekbeats (Nemesis)



  1. Phoenix need to play system to win this series

  2. This is were gsw offense can be of help but team are static

  3. Just spam pick and rolls smh

  4. Isn’t that a lot of running left and right for a big man? Shouldn’t he get tired fast?

  5. This is very similar to what Dallas did to the Suns last year. After Game 2 they had Luka hedge and recover towards his man to prevent switches.

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