When the Nets last played the Denver Nuggets on March 12, the game plan was clear:
Force MVP frontrunner Nikola Jokic to assume more of an offensive responsibility and take away his help.
Jokic finished with 35 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists on the night, but the Nuggets forfeited a 22-point lead. The Nets only allowed three other Denver players to score in double figures, outscored the Nuggets by 19 in the third quarter and secured a 122-120 victory — an unlikely outcome on the road against a team expected to emerge as Western Conference champions this season.
But will it work again now that the cat’s out of the bag?
Opponents can ill-afford to take their foot off the gas against this resilient Nets team.
Just like the Nets can’t afford to ...