One win is all that’s keeping the Nuggets from making the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Wednesday’s regular-season finale between Denver and Minnesota will determine which of the West’s up-and-coming teams breaks through after years of rebuilding. There’s buzz about the game even on the other side of the Atlantic.

“Everybody in Serbia is talking about that game,” Nebojsa Vagic said. “It’s one game for the playoffs, and they’re both fighting for it.”

Vagic, 41, is an assistant coach with the Serbian club FMP Belgrade. He is also Nikola Jokic’s godfather. Last summer, Vagic trained Jokic in Sombor, Serbia, where they grew up, alongside several members of the Nuggets’ staff.

A couple hours before Wednesday’s game, Vagic spoke to BSN Denver in a phone interview about Jokic’s progress in his third NBA season, his gifts as a passer and what life in Sombor is like.

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Christian Clark
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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.

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