And now the Mavericks.

Athletes are impressive because they are able to exert control over the physical world around them in ways that seem unfathomable to normal people. That control most often manifests itself in a spectacular display of power or speed, as it did when Dončić dunked the life out of the Nuggets or when LeBron James pinned Andre Iguodala’s layup. But there are also players like Jokic, who make amazing things happen not with physical strength or dexterity, but with a seemingly innate feel for the game they play. He has what appears to be a hardwired ability to make the ball go where he wants it to go. You see this ability every time he floats an inch-perfect pass to a teammate cutting through the lane, and you see it in each of those bumbling yet deadly game-winners. Watch enough Nuggets games and you’ll be convinced that Jokic could, if he really needed to, toss a quarter into a shot glass that’s sitting across the room.

It’s a fun thing to watch happen if you are a Nuggets fan, or even just a neutral observer. But I can imagine few things more maddening than getting beaten at the buzzer by what looks more like a happy accident than a real basketball play. Just ask Dončić: