The U.S. ESPN last week described Nikola Jokic (28, Denver Nuggets) as “the best player in the world at this point.” Yokichi led the team to the NBA finals for the first time.
Denver beat the LA Lakers 113-111 in Game 4 of the 2022-23 NBA Playoffs (PO) Western Conference Finals (four wins out of seven) at Crypto Dotcom Arena in Los Angeles (LA) on the 23rd (Korea Standard Time). Denver made the series record 4-0 with the victory and headed for the NBA Finals.메이저사이트
The winner was Yokichi. He dominated the court with a triple-double performance of 30 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists in 45 minutes. In particular, he laughed as he succeeded in scoring the final layup, which ran away by two points with about a minute left in the fourth quarter. He also showed off his “clutch” aspect by scoring eight points in the fourth quarter alone. He laughed with the Magic Johnson trophy given to the MVP of the Western Conference finals.
It is the first time in the club’s history that Denver has reached the NBA Finals. Denver was founded in 1967 and joined the NBA in 1976. Since then, Denver’s best performance has been three times in the Western Conference Finals, all of which have knelt down to the Lakers in all previous opportunities. After a fourth attempt, he defeated the Lakers.
Yokichi also personally made his first grade. Yokichi’s average record in the conference finals is 27.8 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 11.8 assists. He is the first person to record an average of 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in the NBA PO conference finals. He then succeeded in his eighth triple-double based on a single PO, leaving him with the most records in this category.
Jokic, who was selected by Denver in the 41st place in the second round of the 2014 rookie draft, will make the NBA Finals for the first time. He is considered one of the best centers in active duty because he has excellent shooting and passing skills despite physical conditions of 2m21cm and 129kg. He won the regular league MVP for the last 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons in a row. However, the performance on the PO stage was disappointing. In particular, last season, he was humiliated by packing in just five games. However, he is challenging the throne with the first record of the year.
Yokichi is taking a commemorative photo after winning the Magic Johnson Trophy. Getty Images
Meanwhile, the fourth game of the NBA PO Eastern Conference Final between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics will be held at 9:30 a.m. on the 24th at Caseya Stadium in Miami. The series is a 3-0 lead by Miami. Attention is focusing on whether “lower seed” Miami will reach the final with four consecutive wins. The first round of the NBA Finals will be held on June 2.