While the big man acknowledged that Howard is great in his role, he is more focused on the entirety of the Lakers than just one player.
“He’s a big guy, he knows his role, he’s doing it really well. But it’s not just me against him, it’s Nuggets against Lakers,” Jokic said. “To be honest, I don’t think about it. Whoever is over there, I’m going to try to beat him, try to win the game. It is what it is. Again, I say it’s not just me against them, it’s Nuggets against Lakers.”
Howard mocked Jokic during Game 2 of the series when the big man was matched up with Lakers superstar Anthony Davis.
Davis, who hit the game-winning 3-pointer in Game 2, finished with 31 points in the contest.
Jokic was fantastic himself, as he helped the Nuggets get back in the game and scored a team-high 30 points in Game 2.
The Lakers and Nuggets will square off in a pivotal Game 3 tonight from the Orlando, Fla. bubble.