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ON THE RECORD: What was stated after Raptors received taught lesson by Nuggets

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The Raptors couldn’t match up with Denver’s gifted lineup and misplaced 113-104 on Wednesday evening. Stars Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray held court docket after the sport. Right here’s what they and varied Raptors needed to say afterward:

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DARKO RAJAKOVIC ON TRYING TO CONTAIN JOKIC:

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“That’s Nikola Jokic. It’s nothing new on this league, it’s occurring each single evening. First half he was at 9 factors and second half, he received his recreation. We received in just a little little bit of a zone there to get some life towards the second unit however as soon as he got here within the recreation he was actually good at catching the ball and attacking and ending within the paint. That’s Jokic each single evening, 31 factors, 15 rebounds, (six) assists, you already know, so he did his job.”

WHY CAN’T HE BE STOPPED?

“That’s the factor, like each time after we got here to assist and overhelp, he discovered the suitable go, he discovered his guys. A few of these photographs they made, a few of these they missed them, however the ball is at all times discovering the suitable man and open man. We attempt to come from the highest and simply when he does which have nice imaginative and prescient and he’ll simply throw the ball to (a) large open man on the opposite aspect and it’s actually laborious. Should you don’t assist, he’s gonna rating should you over-help and attempt to cease him, he’s gonna attempt to make the suitable play and discover open man.”

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ON SCOTTIE BARNES SHOWING UP BUT WHAT ABOUT THE REST?

“He did an awesome job. He was the one man that first half that he had vitality after which he was actually combating there. We had been flat within the first half … I believed we received the second half however towards such a staff you gotta have respect for them from the bounce ball however we gotta have respect for ourselves from the bounce ball and our vitality was, for no matter motive, was not there. We received to be a lot better.”

ON JAKOB POELTL STRUGGLING?

“I believe Jakob is a really, superb basketball participant. Clearly final couple of video games he didn’t play to his stage. And I actually, actually consider that he’s gonna flip it round in a short time. I believe he’s higher than he’s performing proper now. And I’m gonna discuss to him and I’m gonna do every thing I can in my energy to assist him to show the nook be the Jakob that we all know.”

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PRECIOUS ACHIUWA ON THE LACK OF EFFORT IN THE FIRST HALF:

“That’s on us as gamers, we simply gotta discover away to perform that, I don’t know what kind of motivation you want however we gotta do one thing to play 48 minutes of intense basketball. I can’t provide you with a logical motive proper now. I actually don’t have a solution to that query, it’s a kind of belongings you don’t actually have a solution to.”

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JAMAL MURRAY ON HIS ONE VISIT HOME A YEAR:

“I believe simply the entire expertise, from takeoff to touchdown. I get to see my household and my buddies, taking part in in a well-recognized gymnasium that I’ve been taking part in in rising up, regardless that I missed some straightforward photographs as we speak. Simply the entire setting. I respect Toronto for having me on the scene and all that, simply little stuff like which means quite a bit. Clearly, it’s good to come back right here and attempt to placed on a present in entrance of my family and friends. It’s a blessing to be on this place.”

ON WATCHING CANADA COME THROUGH AT THE FIBA WORLD CUP WITHOUT HIM:

“Oh, it was wonderful. For everyone, that’s an awesome accomplishment. That’s a rustic accomplishment. They did it for the nation. I nonetheless confirmed as much as coaching camp. I used to be nonetheless across the guys. I felt the vibe there. They usually did an awesome job. And I believe we’re on the come-up and we’ve received sufficient guys to go on the market and compete for gold subsequent yr.”

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STILL WANT TO PLAY FOR CANADA THIS SUMMER?

“Oh yeah, for certain, for certain, for certain”

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