Erik Spoelstra on Nikola Jokic: 'He has our full respect'

Following Miami's Game 2 win against Denver, Erik Spoelstra dives into the brilliance of Nikola Jokic's performance and the invaluable contributions he consistently brings to the table every single game.

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- This is probably oversimplifying things. But, sometimes, when teams play against Jokic, you turn him into a scorer. You turn him into a passer. And he controls the game. He only had four assists tonight.

ERIK SPOELSTRA: Yeah, that's the untrained eye, that says something like that. This guy's an incredible player. Twice in two seasons he's been the best player on this planet. You can't just say, oh, make him a scorer. [LAUGHS] That's not how they play. They have so many different actions that just get you compromised. We have to focus on what we do. We try to do things the hard way. And he requires you to do many things the hard way. And we-- he has our full respect.