Team­mates: Jo­kic has to take the ini­tia­tive

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Singer

MEM­PHIS» The Nuggets can’t af­ford their su­per­star to be gun shy.

The only shot Nikola Jo­kic took in Wed­nes­day’s 89-87 loss at Mem­phis came with three sec­onds left and the Nuggets down two. He had passed on sev­eral open looks ear­lier in the game but with time wind­ing down, Jo­kic was forced to try from 3-point range, a shot he missed.

On a night when the of­fense was bogged down by Mem­phis’ slow, churn­ing style and the front­court starters — Jo­kic, Paul Mill­sap and Tor­rey Craig – com­bined for 11 points, the Nuggets needed an as­sertive star.

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