DENVER - The Trail Blazers now know who they’ll face in the second round: The Denver Nuggets.
After what was slated to be a compelling Game 7 match-up, it was anything but…
It lacked physicality, it lacked good shooting and any tension or desperation, at least until the final three minutes.
San Antonio clawed back into it after spending the first three quarters looking like a team that already had their postseason travel plans scheduled than a team trying to advance to the next round of the NBA Playoffs. And the Nuggets, who once held a 17-point second half lead, never seemed like a team that could put San Antonio away.
Denver could have put away the Spurs by now. But maybe the Spurs are going to pu themselves away— Dwight Jaynes (@dwightjaynes) April 28, 2019
DeMar Derozan, who was 7 for 20 on the night, missed a free throw with 1:18 to play that would have made it a one-possession game and was blocked by Torrey Craig in the final minute of the game, down four points.
Denver claimed a 90 to 86 victory when the horn blew, behind 21 points (9-26 FG) from Nikola Jokic and an atrocious night from the Spurs overall (39.6%).
For Portland, they had to like what they saw…
Now, the Trail Blazers will head to Denver for the Western Conference Semifinals. Game 1 will be Monday, April 29th.
Damian Lillard, who averaged 33 points in the first round vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder, capped off by a game-winning and series clinching three-pointer to catapult the Trail Blazers into the second round. He is averaging 21 points, 7 assists and 3.75 rebounds against the Nuggets this season.
Portland dropped three of four games to Denver during the regular season, two games of which were decided at the buzzer.
Nikola Jokic will be a force to be reckoned with. He had has 6 double-doubles (including a triple-double) in 7 postseason games, 56 during the regular season and averaged 25.67 points, 9.67 rebounds, 8 assists.
With the injury to Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter’s ailment from a separated shoulder, how the Blazers deal with Jokic will be bullet point number one on the scouting report.
There will be several familiar faces in the Conference Semifinals on the opposing side. Mason Plumlee and Will Barton are among former players to sport the pinwheel.
Dwight Jaynes from outside the Nuggets locker room reacts to their Game 7 victory, impending match-up vs. Blazers.
Be sure to check back for Dwight Jaynes’ reactions from the Denver locker room following their Game 7, series-clinching victory.
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