Nikola Jokic blamed himself after the Denver Nuggets lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Jokic finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds in the game.
Jokic pointed to a key missed free throw with 11.4 seconds left in the game.
"They look at me as a leader, they look at me as their best player. So yeah, I missed those free throws near the end and in the Portland game we went to four overtimes, I missed a lot of other shots and I'm supposed to make some of those," said Jokic.
Michael Malone added that while Jokic probably got tired after 14 playoff games, the loss fell on the larger group.
"I got Nikola Jokic in there taking blame for the loss! It's not his fault. This was a group effort. I think the cumulative effect of 14 playoff games, and us asking him to do as much as we asked him to do, finally took its toll on him tonight."