Nikola Jokić and Jamal Murray are the best duo in basketball right now | Ball Don’t Lie

Yahoo Sports NBA writers Jake Fischer and Dan Devine hop on the “Ball Don’t Lie” podcast to discuss Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray’s incredible performances in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, and debate if they’re the best duo in the NBA right now.

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JAKE FISCHNER: Murray, Jokic-- I mean, how good are they? They're the the first pair of teammates with a triple double in the same NBA Finals game ever, the first pair of teammates with 25 plus points and 10 assists in the same Finals game ever. I mean, where the league is trending and the new CBA rules where teams are going to basically get punished for staffing up with three supermax contracts, like, we've kind of already been there in these playoffs where the Nuggets had to go through LeBron and AD, most previously. They went against KD and Booker.

You had the KAT and Anthony Edwards, Philly with Embiid and Harden. And I mean, same thing with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum-- like, that one two punch, there hasn't seemed like another one two punch of any contender that is in as much symbiosis and gets to their shots easier than these two guys together.

I mean, there's so much more at play here. There's massive coaching staffs and there are eight, nine man rotations. But maybe this thing just gets boiled down to, that where Jokic is showing up every single night, whether his shot's not falling, whether he's not exactly picking apart a defense like a quarterback and feeding 11 different receivers-- like, he's providing some type of unstoppable force on offense every single night.

Murray has not been putting up 30 points every single game, but he's bringing something every single night. These guys, seven years-- they know how to play off each other, It seems like, better than any other all-star caliber tandem. Murray and Jokic just seems like a different breed right now.

DAN DEVINE: Absolutely. And it's-- some of it is the comfort level that they've got with each other-- just the ability to read, and react, and flow into different actions. They've seen every kind of coverage you can throw at them. Miami tonight tried to do a little bit more blitzing of Jamal, a little bit more-- which kind of was counterintuitive, right?

You wouldn't think put two on the ball on Murray, give Jokic a 4 on 3, like, that is-- that's death on the other end of that. But they were trying to disrupt Murray's rhythm. He forced them into that kind of adjustment with the way he was playing, the activity that he had, and the shot making. And Malone talked about it after the game.

And he said tonight is that quote, "a lot of guys play with each other. I think those two guys play for each other, and off each other, and they read each other so well." And you saw like the absolute best version of that tonight at a time where they desperately needed it to be able to get back on top of the series, because the Nuggets have not trailed in a series in this postseason. And that was in jeopardy tonight at the absolute worst time. And when their best was required and needed, they got it. And they got it in spades tonight.