“He always sets the temperature for us,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “If he’s getting down, if he’s dejected, that’s going to trickle down to everybody else. I love his positivity, his encouraging guys. That’s impactful, when you have your best player doing that.”
Everybody on the floor looked edgy Tuesday, given the stakes. And leggy. The form on Murray’s jumper is impeccable when he’s right. After a late second-quarter collision with Joe Ingles, the lift-off, the elevation, didn’t quite look the same coming out of the half.
“He’s one of the better offensive players in this league, and you know, he got a lot of moves and can shoot it from outside,” Clippers’ big man Ivica Zubac said after the loss. “But you know, I didn’t start out the game right defensively. I allowed them to get the ball easy in the post. […]
Nikola Jokic may not have been fast, but he was a beast in Denver’s Game 2 win over the Clippers, scoring 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting, he hit four threes, plus had 18 rebounds and four assists. He was critical to the Nuggets tying up the series at 1-1.
After a timeout to set up the play — which everyone knew was Mitchell attacking the basket — Denver’s Gary Harris poked the ball out of Mitchell’s hands. It landed in the hands of Murray, who could/should have just dribbled out the clock and forced Utah to foul, but instead the young player went for […]
“I can only imagine. I wanted to say that. I wanted to get that out there,” he said.
“I think every series Nikola Jokic has an advantage. He’s a great player,” Malone said. “He’s a first-team All-NBA center, the best center in the NBA. So, regardless of who we play, I think Nikola’s always got an advantage because of who he is and how talented he is.”
Denver led for most of the game and by as many as 15 points. The Pelicans were as close as 109-106 on Josh Hart’s 3 with 1:19 remaining when rebounding problems that plagued them throughout the game struck again on Jokic’s missed 3. Will Barton grabbed Denver’s final offensive rebound and hit a driving layup […]
Mitchell connected on a pair of 3-pointers (on eight attempts), giving him 33 treys in the seven games and allowing him to break Stephen Curry’s single-series postseason record of 32, set in 2016. Murray wound up with 32 3-pointers in the series, though he was just 1-for-6 from long distance on Tuesday.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jackson Jr. leads the Grizzlies averaging 2.7 made 3-pointers and scoring 18 points per game while shooting 41.1 percent from beyond the arc. Valanciunas has averaged 10.8 rebounds and added 16.3 points per game over the last 10 games for Memphis.