Monty Williams says ‘nobody figured out’ how to stop Nuggets’ star Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic is nicknamed “The Joker” in the NBA community for a reason that goes beyond the first syllable of his last name.

Much like the Batman villain, the Denver Nuggets’ reigning two-time MVP center wreaks havoc on opponents, producing a triple-double almost every time he steps onto the court.

But Jokic is more like Batman’s other memorable villain, The Riddler, because his supernatural versatility leaves teams with question marks as they try to figure out how to stop him.

Dec 25, 2022;  Denver, Colorado, United States;  Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives into the net against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Torrey Craig (0) in the second quarter at Ball Arena.

The Suns host the Denver Nuggets (51-24) in first-place Western Conference action on Friday. Jokic (Wade) did not play in Denver’s home loss to New Orleans on Thursday. According to TNT, he could return for the Nuggets’ second duel in Phoenix.

The Suns lost their previous two encounters in Denver, on Christmas Day and on January 11th. Jokic torched the Suns for 41 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists in their first matchup and a 21-18-9 stat line in the second.

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