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Video: Matchup Between Nurkic, Jokic is Huge in Blazers-Nuggets Series

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Want to know how these two playoffs opponents are scheming against each other? Watch the centers.

2021 NBA Playoffs - Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

On this episode of “The Breakdown” - Danny Marang takes a look at the differences in how the Portland Trail Blazers attacked the Denver Nuggets and Nikola Jokic in Game 1 versus Game 2.

You’ll see why the Blazers were successful in that first game, how the Nuggets tried to counter those successes - particularly with Jusuf Nurkic and Damian Lillard - and how little adjustments late in the game really added up.

Then we take a look at Game 2: why and how the Blazers failed to get Nurkic involved, where Nurkic can make more impact, and what to expect from him and the Blazers in Game 3 - including, whether or not he’s the key for the Blazers to ultimately winning this first round series.

There’s no better way to prepare for Game 3 than this deep dive into the Nurkic-Jokic matchup. Dig in, then see how much applies as these two teams meet tonight!