Down 2-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers, Nugget coach Michael Malone has more important things to do than worry about the opinions of instigator Patrick Beverley.
After Game 3, the Los Angeles guard alleged Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic has a penchant for “flailing” to draw fouls. Irony aside, the Clippers took 16 more free throws than Nuggets did in Game 3. And Jokic, who played 39 minutes and took 24 shots, drew just four free-throw attempts.
“I don’t listen to Patrick Beverley a whole lot,” Malone said. “If Kawhi Leonard was talking, maybe I might listen to it. Kawhi’s a great player. But all you gotta do is look at the stat sheet. (Ivica) Zubac attempted more free throws than Nikola Jokic. They shot 26 free throws, we shot 10. So, I’m not really sure what game Patrick is talking about or looking at. I really don’t warrant and give too much attention to that.”
Through three contests, Jokic has averaged only 3.3 free throws per game.
Jokic is typically mild mannered, but when asked about the comment Monday night, he couldn’t help himself. After pointing out the disparity, a toothy smile crept across his face.
“I am just showing the ref that it’s a foul,” he quipped.
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