Jokic is expected to finish in the top-five of MVP voting, and rightfully so- he led all big men in assists, and led the Nuggets in assists, while still granting Jamal Murray plenty of room to have a breakout season of his own. Both clubs come into the NBA Playoffs 2019 with momentum, as Houston won 11 of its last 14, while Utah finished with a 13-3 mark in its final 16 regular-season contests. "I think that is one thing: try to attack". "It is important because they are both great players and they are going to continue to get a lot of attention throughout the series". "We've still got a young group, so some of it is normal", forward Thabo Sefolosha said at Monday's media session at the Post Oak Hotel. Popovich was ejected twice in the last few weeks of the regular season for officials neglecting calls that raised tension for onlookers. The thing is, it largely worked, as Denver led Golden State in the standing throughout much of the second half before eventually succumbing and "losing" out on the No. 1 seed by a mere two games.
The Timberwolves missed their last eight shots and the Nuggets scored on seven possessions. "They trapped him every time", Malone said. "We had the lead". D'Antoni after the game said, "I thought we were a little careless".
Apparently, so did the Nuggets. I know I'll have another opportunity in Game 2. Shooting 6-28, an embarrassing 21 percent.
All five starters scored in double-figures for the Nuggets, led by Garry Harris' 20 points on an efficient 7-of-12 from the field. Jokic stripped Wiggins and then sank two free throws for a three-point cushion. Paul Millsap was fouled at the other end with 4.2 seconds remaining. Denver missed eight free throws.
The Timberwolves quickly stretched it to 11 on a 3-pointer by C.J. Williams and a layup by Wiggins.
Popovich won his 1,413th game Saturday at Denver to move past Lenny Wilkens on the all-time list.
"The win", the second-year point guard said.
After leading by 15 at the half, the Jazz went on a run to start the third quarter, cutting it to 5. "I've had a lot of success and a lot of fails in the playoffs". So it is invaluable to have a playoff veteran like Millsap to lean on.
"We're going to settle down". DeRozan was benched in the essential portions of the game past year in a Raptors uniform, but this season as a Spur, he demonstrated why he deserves to be on the court.
Jokic, the Denver Nuggets center, became the fourth player in National Basketball Association history to put up a triple-double in his first playoff game and the first since LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2006. "Love to find ways to get him more field goal attempts and have him impact with his scoring, but he is going to make the right read".
The Nuggets will look to create more memorable moments when they kick-off the 2019 playoffs against the Spurs on Saturday.
The Denver Nuggets will be trying to bounce back from their game-one loss and avoid falling into a 0-2 hole when they take on the San Antonio Spurs in the second game of their seven-game first round series on Tuesday night.