Game 7: Nuggets take on the Trail Blazers in Denver Sunday afternoon

Tanya Simon
May 13, 2019

After the Denver Nuggets' best season in a decade came to an end, Nikola Jokic took the blame for the Game 7 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

There's a good chance that if Hood does remain out for this game that he'll receive an MRI after the game, so more information should come to light in the near future.

These were the top takeaways from Sunday's series-clinching win by the Blazers over their Western Conference rival.

The home team dominated a testy first half that included a tense moment and went into the locker room up by nine points, 48-39. Jamal Murray shot 4-for-18 and finished with 17 points. It was a signature performance for Damian Lillard's oft-overlooked backcourt partner. And when Denver's lineup, the youngest in the playoffs, struggled against its much more experienced first-round opponent, the San Antonio Spurs, another early playoffs exit like the one circa 2013 seemed likely.

Hood went down awkwardly after taking a back screen from Nuggets guard Torrey Craig.

The Blazers showed an impressive amount of resolve Sunday. The pace was slow. That's real sassy. They got some sassy dudes over there. The two teams combined to make just six total three-pointers out of 45 attempts. The Nuggets ultimately shot a minuscule 37.1% from the field, which was their downfall. His defense wasn't a fatal flaw.

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Jokic led the Nuggets on the night in scoring with 29 points and he admitted he is expecting to see improvements from his team-mates for next season. Murray was the big disappointment.

Denver: The Nuggets missed all five of their 3-pointers in the second quarter and they were 12 of 19 from the free throw line in the first half.

Portland was lucky to have McCollum. "He put his team on his back and made big play after big play". He and the rest of Portland better hope they play out of their minds and get some breaks against Golden State.

The Nuggets led by as much as 17 points before the Blazers made their run. After a four-game humiliation at the hands of the Pelicans in 2018, Portland did not let go of the rope.

They'll open Tuesday night at Golden State against the two-time defending National Basketball Association champion Warriors in a series pitting Portland's Seth Curry against his big brother, Golden State star Steph Curry. Both on the ABC broadcast and on social media, the Blazers revealed that Hood had suffered a left knee hyperextension.

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