“Respect Level is Out of This World”: LeBron James Heaps Huge Praise on Denver Nuggets

Published 09/18/2020, 12:27 AM EDT
Aug 19, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (center) is congratulated by center Nikola Jokic (left) and guard Jamal Murray (27) against the Utah Jazz in game two of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


11 years after Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers beat Carmelo Anthony’s Denver Nuggets, it’s time for a rematch. The two sides meet in the Conference Finals yet again and it is going to be a blast.

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The Nuggets have surprised everyone by reaching the Conference Finals. But nobody is doubting them now. Even Lakers star LeBron James is well aware of what they are capable of.

During an interview, LeBron said, “Very resilient, very confident, very driven, and very well-coached team. It takes a lot of energy, effort, and a lot of desperation to be able to come back from a 3-1 deficit. And they did it twice. So the respect level is out of this world for what we have for this ball club. That’s how we’re going into this series, knowing what they’re capable of and where they stand.”

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Can the Denver Nuggets keep this momentum going?

After going down 3-1 to the Jazz, the Nuggets showed their resiliency to make the comeback and turn it around. But when they went down 3-1 to the Clippers, nobody expected them to do it again. But they believed in themselves, keep their chin up, and marched on to beat one of the title favorites.

Their stars Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic have been the main reason for their success. Determined to do better after crashing out in the Semifinals last season, this young duo has been a joy to watch in the Playoffs.

Murray’s ability to perform in the clutch was questioned before coming into the Playoffs, but every game he is just proving how important he is to this team. He has been draining buckets consistently and has been very reliable so far.

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Sep 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) dribbles the ball against the LA Clippers during the first half of game five in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jokic’s offense is well renowned, but he is always criticized for his lazy defense. But in the series against the Clippers, he showed that when he wants, he can be a defensive monster. After averaging 0.7 blocks for his career so far, Jokic doubled that, as he put up 1.4 blocks per game during this series. He also averaged a mammoth 13.4 rebounds and made the paint his fortress.

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic handles the ball against LA Clippers guard Lou Williams during the third quarter in game six of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

As he goes up against Anthony Davis now, he is going to have to repeat this. Davis is one of the best big men in the game right now and has had an excellent playoff campaign so far. The Nuggets will be relying on him to neutralize Davis as they hope to cause another upset in the playoffs.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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