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Quin Snyder knows he’s probably not supposed to have any favorites in the NBA, or at least not publicly admit who they are.

That still hasn’t stopped the head coach from praising play from Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, the 2020-21 MVP.

” It is unique. … I love it, ”Snyder said Monday. “I don’t know if you’re allowed to have a favorite player or things like that as a coach. … But he’s one of the guys I really love to watch. I don’t like spotting it as much as watching it.

Snyder and the Jazz will see Jokic and his Nuggets teammates up close when Utah hosts Denver on Tuesday night. Tipoff is set at 8:00 p.m. MST and will be broadcast on TNT.

“What makes her skills so unique is her size,” Snyder said. “He’s basically playing like a playmaker, he can score like a winger, he’s got posts and counters, and when he shoots his turnaround it’s pretty much unblockable.”

Standing at 6ft 11in and weighing just under 300 pounds, Jokic is a shifting nightmare thanks to his prodigious skills. Just like Snyder said, Jokic can score in different ways, but that’s not what makes him so dangerous.

Some have called Jokic the best passer in the NBA, a skill he says is arguably his greatest asset. This is why Snyder admires Jokic so much due to his cerebral approach to the game which not only soars but his teammates as well.

“What makes it difficult is his ability to go through and all the cutters and people he can find,” Snyder said. “You don’t keep it with one guy, it’s very difficult to overtake the team. A lot of times you pass someone and they can get rid of the ball and get someone else to beat you. … If you overtake your team, he can still beat you.

Snyder isn’t the only one who is a fan of Jokic.

Rudy Gobert also respects Jokic’s game, even going so far as to say that Jokic was his MVP vote last season.

As every player has reached the top of the game, the battles between Gobert and Jokic have been extraordinary over the past two seasons. While Jokic is the league’s most talented attacking center, Gobert hangs his hat on defense after being named three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

But the battles between the teams have been just as exciting since the 2018-19 season.

They have since met 17 times, including a memorable seven-game run in the second round of the playoffs two years ago. Utah went 8-9 against Denver during that time – and that’s why Gobert thinks this reunion is just as important as the previous ones.

“There are obviously some games where you know there is a little something extra,” Gobert said. “Denver is one of those teams. We know at the end of the season it’s those games that could make the difference between being first or second or maybe fourth or fifth.

Two of the best teams face off in an early season showdown – two of the best crosses clashing – what more could you expect from a game at the end of October?

“It’s going to be a fun game, a fun game. … We always have great matches and great battles against them, ”said Bojan Bogdanovic

INJURY REPORT

Utah Jazz
* Rudy Gay: OUT – right heel recovery
* Miye Oni: QUESTIONABLE – disease unrelated to COVID

Denver Nuggets
* Vlatko Cancar: OUT – left hip tension
* Jamal Murray: OUT – recovery from left knee injury
* PJ Dozier: Probable – left elbow strain

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Time: 8:00 p.m. MST
Site: Vivint Center / Salt Lake City, UT
TV: TNT
Radio: 1280 The Zone


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