Jokic reprimands himself for Nuggets' Game 7 misfortune

Tanya Simon
May 21, 2019

Lillard said it was just the spark the Blazers needed to complete the comeback from a 17-point first-half hole.

Prior to their second-round series against the Nuggets, Portland had won twice in eight games at Denver.

And now the Blazers must face off against the Death Star of all basketball teams, the Golden State Warriors, in what we all hope will be a memorable series. The immediate future for the Blazers involves diving right back into the bunker for Game 1 against the Warriors on Tuesday at Oracle Arena, where Lillard and McCollum can reacquaint themselves with their Splash Brothers rivals. He averaged 24.8 points, 13.0 rebounds and 8.9 assists, and there were times when San Antonio and Portland didn't have a response for the 7-footer. "It's a dream come true for us two, obviously, but our families are going to have a lot of fun with it as well".

I'm not going to try to justify that as a way for us to play hard or wake us up... it's playoff basketball, some things are going to happen.

"We'll see how it feels tomorrow, and the next day", said Hood, who had six points in 20 minutes before being helped into the locker room.

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The Trail Blazers didn't need this injury at this moment.

Kanter has already used the Blazers' win over the Thunder last round to rebut that reputation, and he went there after the Nuggets' win as well. The Nuggets have the edge in points (116.0 to 113.2), three-point shooting percentage (35.4 to 34.8), free throw shooting percentage (83.3 to 73.6), rebounds (51.5 per game to 46.3) and turnovers (11.3 to 12.0). The Nuggets also have the second highest 3P% of any team in the playoffs. If we're all out there just being friendly, it ain't gonna look like nobody's trying to win, huh?

After the Denver Nuggets' best season in a decade arrived at an end, Nikola Jokic assumed the fault for the Game 7 misfortune to the Portland Trail Blazers. Lillard and McCollum have combined to score 51.9 points per game this series, but haven't shot the ball particularly well. Gary Harris chipped in 15 points and six rebounds.

"CJ McCollum showed why they have one of the best backcourts in the NBA", Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. CJ McCollum was the hero of the game, scoring 37 points and hitting the big shots down the stretch.

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