Bruce Brown says the Nuggets/Lakers series was personal for them 👀
He says he doesn’t know why, but even Joker ‘wasn’t playing’ with the Lakers 💯 pic.twitter.com/l1dEGoTxo6
—Swipa (@SwipaCam) July 18, 2023
“I think that series for us was more personal than any other series,” Brown said. “I don’t know why, but it was like we were on his neck.”
Brown dove into how Jokic specifically was unlike any other time he had played him.
“We were talking about that shit,” Brown said. “Everyone. I’ve never seen Nikola talk on the court. He wasn’t talking shit, but he was in the game. He wasn’t playing any game like he had something to prove. And he’s the best player in the world.”
The Nuggets swept the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals and ultimately won the NBA Finals in five games against the Miami Heat.
Jokic and the Nuggets may have been seeking revenge from the 2020 Western Conference Finals when the Lakers defeated them in the league bubble in Orlando, Florida. Los Angeles needed just five games to win that series and ultimately won the 2020 NBA Finals against the Heat.
While Brown was not on that team, Jokic, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr., three of the best players on the team last season, were part of the team that lost to the Lakers.
Jokic, who won the 2023 NBA Finals MVP award, dominated the entire postseason. He averaged 30.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game while shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 46.1 percent from beyond the arc.
The 3-point percentage was Jokic’s best mark in the playoffs in his NBA career.
A two-time MVP, Jokic cemented himself as one of the best players in the game with the title run, especially since he defeated stars like Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, LeBron James, Jimmy Butler and Anthony Davis on his way to a title.
Brown, who signed a contract in free agency this offseason with Indiana, will not have a chance to defend his title with the Nuggets in the 2023-24 season.
However, Denver and Los Angeles are likely to have some heated matchups in the regular season, and possibly the playoffs, in the 2023-24 campaign as both teams look to capture another NBA championship.