Denver Nuggets Look to Repeat Defensive Success in Game 2

Paola Ditto
Апреля 17, 2019

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Craig spoke to Nuggets.com following shootaround on Tuesday about the keys to continuing to have defensive success against the All-Star duo in game 2.

Denver looks to avoid falling into a massive hole against the always tough-to-top Spurs team before the series shifts back to San Antonio for Games 3 and 4. Had it not been for Barton's exploits, it's hard to imagine Denver making the playoffs for the first time in six years.

What did it mean to him?

It also mattered little to the San Antonio Spurs, who beat the Denver Nuggets 101-96 in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series Saturday night.

According to oddsmakers, the Nuggets are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -7 points against the Spurs.

Murray eventually led the Nuggets in points with 24, though Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap and Gary Harris all topped 20 points.

The other challenging aspect of guarding San Antonio is the various shooters they can bring off the bench, especially Davis Bertans. "When you have two bigs that are so big for your team, it's going to be like that", Aldridge said.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he never considered benching Murray because he didn't want to crush his confidence. Every shot right now was like the end of the world.

Denver coach Mike Malone called for timeout with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter with his team trailing 73-57 and conjured up the LA Clippers pulling off their big comeback win against the Golden State Warriors to motivate his team.

Do I think DeRozan's shooting slump will continue?

The Nuggets struggled shooting in Game 1, going just 37 of 88 from the field and an even worse 6 of 28 from the arc. "Unfortunately, we didn't make them pay for double-teaming enough".

Good thing, too, because Murray, the goat in Game 1 after missing an open jumper and turning the ball over in the closing seconds, might have salvaged the Nuggets' season while going 8 for 9 in the fourth quarter. While he admitted he didn't see Murray's fourth quarter takeover coming, Malone noted that it was important to show his young point guard that he believed in him. I love the game with a passion.

The sellout crowd at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets went 34-7 for the best home record in the league, certainly wanted Jokic to take more shots.

The Spurs came undone late in the third quarter and the entire fourth.

Making their first playoff appearance in six years, the Nuggets trailed most of the night, but they trimmed a 12-point deficit to one in the final minute.

"He was spectacular", Popovich said.

Asked what adjustments he had in mind for Game 2, Malone said simply, "Make shots".

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