Nuggets aim to keep momentum going in Game 5 vs. Trail…

Tanya Simon
May 13, 2019

Tuesday's win was overshadowed by a school shooting earlier in the day in a suburban Denver community near the home of Nuggets head coach Michael Malone. "We're going to have to continue to grow and we're going to have to play better".

Despite the injury concerns stemming from last season, expectations were high. It was a mini-version of LeBron's block on (Andre Iguodala) a few years ago (in the NBA Finals).

Leonard finished with a game high 41 points while Pascal Siakam tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who are hoping to reach their first National Basketball Association finals in franchise history.

It would be a team with three straight second-round exits, the last after blowing a 3-2 series lead. Joel Embiid is the lynchpin for everything in Philly - he is +80 through six games in a series where his team has been outscored by 17 points overall.

Butler made 9 of 15 shots in the first and gave the Sixers the confidence they needed to know another game wasn't going to turn into a rout.

But it was Lillard's co-star, McCollum, who had a coming out party in Round 2.

In Portland, the Trail Blazers took down the Nuggets 119-108 to even the series 3-3 and force a Game 7 in Denver on Sunday. "Playoff debut, nearly averaged a triple-double in 14 games and was playing close to 40 minutes a night".

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Kyle Lowry had a massive Game 7 against the Miami Heat in 2016, scoring 35 points and flirting with a triple-double to carry the Raptors to their first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals. Both teams appeared exhausted in game 6 after playing 5 playoff games against each other. Their opponents have averaged 96.5 points on 41.1 per cent shooting.

Butler, disgruntled in Minnesota before he was traded to Philadelphia in November, scored 19 points in the half and all of them seemed worthy of the highlight reel.

Jokic collected his fourth foul with just over two minutes left in the third quarter and headed to the bench. He spoke for the team in that it's got greater goals in mind. They made the final four, and they are in a series that they will not be expected to win.

Denver led by as many as 10 points in the opening quarter but Portland went on an 11-4 run to start the second quarter that closed the gap to 38-37. It's too much of a detraction to make up with his other tools and, at least on this Sixers roster, makes him relatively ineffective as a result.

With the score tied 90-90 and the game appearing to be headed to overtime, Leonard took matters into his own hands by getting open for a fall-away jumper from the right corner. But it's his teammates that stepped up in a big way during the Bucks' smashing of the Boston Celtics in Round 2.

Along with Hill, point guard Eric Bledsoe has been playing out of his mind and is helping the Bucks look like the team to beat this post-season - and not just in the East.

It would be a team with enormous looming questions, and the very real possibility that the only sustained period of success for the franchise in its 24 seasons was over, with free agents to leave and veterans to be sold off for whatever they could fetch. For context: The Raptors are almost tied for third, with +2.2. However, I trust that the depth and athleticism of the Bucks will allow them squeak by in seven games.

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