Good morning, folks. Denver really doesn’t want to win this series. Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.
(2) Nuggets – 103 @ (7) Spurs – 120 (Tied 3-3)
- Game 6 was neck-and-neck for the entirety of the first three quarters. Then the Spurs broke in the fourth quarter with a 22-4 run that the Nuggets had no chance of overcoming. All game it felt like Denver was down five points. If San Antonio managed to balloon the lead to double-digits, Denver quickly trimmed it back down. And on the flip side, if Denver ever got too close to overtaking the lead, LaMarcus Aldridge would come in and nail a timely fadeaway jumper. Denver shot only 6-24 from deep after combining to shoot 44-93 from three in games 4-6.
- Jamal Murray finished with 16 points, three rebounds, and six assists on 7-18 shooting, but also racked up three of Denver’s seven total turnovers. At one point in the third quarter, he came up hobbling after running into a Jakon Poeltl set screen. Murray took a knee to the thigh and needed a moment to collect himself before appearing to be okay and remaining in the game. Nikola Jokic added 43 points – 27 of them coming in the second half – to go along with 12 rebounds and nine assists. Luckily for the Nuggets, Game 7 will be back in Denver, where the team posted the best regular season winning percentage at home this year.
- We’re reaching that point in the season where the games are going to be fewer and further in between. Now that round one is almost decided and with round two kicking off this weekend, there’s going to be some nights where no games will be played. Which means we are officially nearing the end of my first full season covering the BBNBA and I just wanted to thank everyone who has read even one of my recaps this season. We’re still going to be cheering on players such as Eric Bledsoe, Enes Kanter, and hopefully Jamal Murray and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the recap posts just won’t be as frequent. I plan on using that free time to dedicate more efforts to watching film and trying to breakdown what members of the BBNBA did good/bad this season. Kanter is my primary subject at the moment and I plan to have something on him soon and his excellent round one series. But just because the season is almost over doesn’t mean you won’t be hearing from me. I’ll continue to cover the NBA all the way through to the Finals so you can experience the joy ride that is the NBA postseason along with me. I’ll be back tomorrow to discuss the 40-point game that SGA is about to drop on the Warriors during Game 6 Friday night in L.A.
|Jamal Murray (DEN)||103-120 L @ SAS||16||7-18 (1-5)||3||6||0||0||3||-10||34|
|Trey Lyles (DEN)||103-120 L @ SAS||0||0-3 (0-1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)||103-120 L @ SAS||0||0-0||1||0||0||1||0||0||1|
TONIGHT IN THE NBA
10:00 (ESPN): Warriors (Cousins-out) @ Clippers (Gilgeous-Alexander) (GSW leads 3-2)