DENVER — Nikola Jokic left a straightaway three-point shot about two feet short in the third quarter Tuesday. Jokic had plenty of time to get it off over Pacers center Myles Turner. He set his feet, squared up and unfurled but air balled the shot anyway.
A season ago, such an egregious miss might have deterred Jokic from trying any more long balls. On Tuesday, he let another one go later that quarter and watched it swish through the net.
Jokic’s outside stroke has drastically improved in his third season. He enters Thursday’s national TV game against the Minnesota Timberwolves shooting 39.8 percent on 3.7 three-point attempts per game. He’s taking almost twice as many three balls this season compared to last and is converting them at a 7 percent higher rate.