LeBron James on Nikola Jokic after Nuggets swept Lakers: ‘He’s special’

LOS ANGELES — Add LeBron James to the list of generational players to congratulate Nikola Jokic on his playoff loss.

James credited Jokic’s streak after the Nuggets finished a sweep of the Lakers in Monday’s Western Conference Finals, and the 38-year-old implored people to appreciate Jokic’s game beyond just statistics.

“I know how great he is. I know how great Jokic is,” James said. “There are certain guys in this league who play the game a certain way, a certain way that I like. also playing the game, and he’s one of them where you’re always off balance when you guard a player like that because of his ability to score, rebound, shoot. He sees the games before they happen. There aren’t many guys like that in our league.

Jokic was named the Western Conference Finals MVP after averaging 27.8 points, 14.5 rebounds and 11.8 assists. He ended the series with his eighth triple-double of the postseason, breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time record for most triple-doubles in a single postseason.

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