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Celtics’ defense manages to slow down MVP favorite Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic has been the league’s most unsolvable force throughout the 2020-21 season. Though always an adept passer, he’s taken it upon himself to look for his shot more than ever, pairing his 8.8 assists with 26.3 points per game heading into Sunday’s matchup against the Celtics.

A player adept at both scoring and playmaking poses a lot of problems for opposing defenses. The goal isn’t to completely shut down both areas as much as it is to cut off one strength as best as possible. Jokic can score 30 points. He can hand out 10 assists.