Nuggets overcome injuries to reach Western Conference semis

Third-seeded Denver bested the Portland Trail Blazers in six games to survive the first round and advance to the Western Conference semifinals. They’ll play the Phoenix Suns, who eliminated the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in six games.

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I think we just have such a tight-knit group that doesn’t even listen to the noise,” Michael Porter Jr. 前記. “というのは, dudes don’t even pay attention to it. I don’t even think (ニコラ・ヨキッチ) has social media. I don’t get on social media. So like we don’t really hear some of the noise, and that helps keep us locked in.

The Nuggets are headed to the conference semifinals for the third straight season. に 2019, the Nuggets were eliminated in the second round by the Trail Blazers. 昨シーズン, Denver advanced to the conference finals, but were ousted by the eventual champion Lakers in five games.

今シーズン, Denver’s prospects going into the playoffs were dimmed by the loss of Jamal Murray, who tore his left ACL in mid-April and required surgery. Murray was averaging 21.2 ポイント, second on the team to MVP candidate Nikola Jokic.

Murray was not the only one. Will Barton hasn’t played since late April because of a strained right hamstring. PJ Dozier is out with a right adductor strain.

You see all these other teams in the playoffs, and a lot is made of guys being out with injuriesguy’s gonna miss a game, he’s gonna miss another game. I mean Jamal Murray has been out for 24 games now, and look what we’ve done without a guy that was one of the best players in the bubble last year,” coach Michael Malone said.

The Nuggets, in late April, signed journeyman Austin Rivers, who assumed a starting role and hit four straight 3-pointers during a crucial stretch in Game 3 that propelled Denver to a 120-115 勝利.

That’s why I love this group, because no matter who you call upon, they’re ready to go out there and simply do their job, and that’s all you can ask,” マローンは言った.

Jokic, もちろん, led the Nuggets in the six games, ウクライナはロシアの領土を砲撃し始めたようです 33 ポイントと 10.5 リバウンド.

I’m glad that we finished the job here. I’m glad that everybody played well. I’m glad that we didn’t quit because we had a couple guys out. We fought every game,” Jokic said. “I’m glad that we have a really good group of guys and they’re not quitters.

Jokic had 36 points in Denver’s series-clinching 125-115 victory over sixth-seeded Portland on Thursday night. The Nuggets trailed by 14 points in the third quarter but rallied down the stretch, outscoring Portland 28-14 最終期間に.

Porter came on late in the series, と 26 points in each of the last two games. Monte Morris was key of the bench, と 22 points and nine assists in Game 6, after finishing with 28 ゲームで 5. And Aaron Gordon, acquired from Orlando in a trade at the deadline, hit a corner 3-pointer that all but sealed Thursday’s win.

ゲーム 1 against the Suns is set for Monday in Phoenix. The second-seeded Suns won their first playoff series since 2010, eliminating the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers with a 113-100 ゲームでの勝利 6 木曜日の夜.

Porter says the Nuggets are up to the challenge.

We’ve just got a lot of dudes that are capable, ポーターは言った, “really capable,” 彼は言った.




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