You had to know I wouldn’t lie to you. This one comes from Sunday’s game against the Grizzlies.
Not only is this a gorgeous pass; it’s also gorgeous play design. Nikola Jokic sets a screen for Danilo Gallinari just above the free throw line. Instead of curling around the screen, Gallinari goes to set a screen of his own for the ball handler, Jameer Nelson. Nelson quickly whips a pass to Jokic, who throws a perfect alley-oop to Gallinari for the flush.
Don’t be surprised if Denver uses this one a lot moving forward. It puts the defense in such a tough spot. Gallinari’s defender, Tony Allen, had to fight through a screen and then immediately worry about the threat of Nelson using Gallinari’s screen. Jokic made Memphis pay with the quick, accurate lob.
Here’s one more look:
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