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DENVER — The San Antonio Spurs held Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic to nine shot attempts and 10 points with timely double-teams in Game 1, yet Jokic became the fourth player to record a triple-double in his first playoff game, adding 14 rebounds and 14 assists in Saturday’s 101-96 loss to the Spurs.
With his team facing the possibility of falling down 0-2 to start this best-of-seven series, Jokic’s encore to his triple-double playoff debut might have to include more points as the Nuggets look to free up their All-Star big man for more baskets in Game 2 on Tuesday. San Antonio is expecting Denver to get creative to counter the double-teams for Jokic, who averaged 20.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 15.1 shots per game this season.
“You say Jokic had a bad game — he had a triple-double,” Spurs forward Rudy Gay said before San Antonio’s practice on Monday at the University of Denver. “He got a lot of shots for a lot of players, rebounding and also scored a little bit. And we still feel like he can play better. So our work is not done with him.
“He can affect a