Nikola Jokic’s circus shot to beat Lakers might be his most amazing play yet

Nikola Jokic’s falling three-pointer killed the Lakers’ comeback and put Nuggets in NBA Finals for the first time ever.

The Denver Nuggets have existed for 47 years. Now they’re finally going to the NBA Finals for the first time ever.

The Nuggets completed the sweep of the Lakers with a 113-111 win in Game 4 on Monday night. Denver won another tense game in a tense series by erasing a 15-point halftime deficit with a big third quarter, and then holding on late for the close victory. Nikola Jokic — who else? — was again the star for the Nuggets, finishing with 30 points, 14 rebounds, and 13 assists. It was Jokic’s eighth triple-double of the playoffs, setting a postseason record once held by Wilt Chamberlain.

Jokic’s shot-making rarely gets mentioned as one of his best skills, but it was on full display in the Game 4 win. Jokic hit a ridiculously tough three-pointer in the late fourth quarter when he splashed a one-foot stepback over Anthony Davis. This is witchcraft.

Here’s another angle of Jokic’s make:

That would be an extremely impressive make from Steph Curry. For a 7-foot, 280-pound juggernaut to make that shot is just incredible.

That wasn’t Jokic’s only amazing shot of the game. This one from the second quarter was almost as good.

Jokic was named Western Conference Finals MVP. He fully feels like the best player in the world right now.

The Nuggets didn’t just beat LeBron James and Anthony Davis — they swept them. Denver is firing on all cylinders, and it all comes back to Jokic being the baddest man to step onto basketball court right now.

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. goes from first to third on a walk

Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves
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Ronald Acuña Jr. will make you pay if your take your eyes off him

As a youth baseball coach, one of the toughest lessons to teach young baseball players is that unless time has been called, the ball is always live.

Thankfully I now have something to show the team next practice to instill that lesson even more, thanks to Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr.

The Braves were trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning on Monday night, when Acuña led off the inning by drawing a four-pitch walk. The next batter, first baseman Matt Olson, walked as well, sending Acuña to second.

But the outfielder was not content stopping there.

Watch this heads-up play from Acuña as he takes the extra base, going from first-to-third on a walk:

Acuña noticed that third baseman Max Muncy had his back turned to him, and was not in a hurry to cover third base. So the outfielder rounded second and made a dead sprint to third. By the time the Dodgers, and Muncy, reacted it was too late, and the Braves had runners at the corners with nobody out.

The heady play ended up stealing the Braves a run. The next batter hit a ground ball to short, and while the Dodgers were able to force Olson out at second, Acuña, now starting the play on third instead of second, was able to score on the fielder’s choice. The next two batters lined out and grounded out, respectively, meaning the Braves might have been held scoreless in the inning, had Acuña not made this heads-up play.

Atlanta went on to lose 8-6, but if nothing else, I have a talking point for practice Wednesday night.