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.

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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.