Darvin Ham’s controversial Nikola Jokic statement after Nuggets vs Lakers Game 1

The Los Angeles Lakers put up a valiant effort against the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, but it was Denver that continued their nine-game winning streak.

The Lakers led by as many as twelve points against the Denver Nuggets, but Denver eventually rallied in the second half to take a fifteen-point lead. Denver finished the game with an 11-point lead, and Nikola Jokic was a monster throughout. Jokic scored 32 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals on 65% shooting from the field.

After the game, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham addressed Jokic’s dominance and released a statement that could upset Lakers fans.

According to Jovan Buha of The Athletic, Darvin Ham says the Lakers still have a few adjustments to make to Nikola Jokic and they didn’t want to use all of their adjustments in Game 1.

While that’s not usually a controversial statement in the playoffs, the fact that the Nuggets have beaten the Lakers nine games in a row has Lakers fans in an uproar. The fanbase’s patience when it comes to the Denver Nuggets is at a breaking point, and Game 2 will be a very big test point.

“I really believe this is going to be a hard-fought series,” Ham told the media. “It’s a matter of going back to the drawing board.”

Game 2 between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers is on Monday, April 22 at 10 PM EST.

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