The Denver Nuggets put the case to rest as they sent out a clear message to every naysayer by proving they’re not the underdogs. This game 7 win against the Clippers was like a resurrection for them. They lost the series to Blazers last year at the exact same stage.
The present-day Denver side is something else. They were successful in calming down the blazing offense that the Clippers showed this season. In three out of six games, they did not even allow the Clippers to cross the 100-point mark. This speaks highly of the quality of their defense and their competitive character. However, they still haven’t received the praise they deserve.
Jamal had a memorable outing in game 7. He scored 40 points, 4 rebs, and 5 assists at an FG% of 57.7. On top of that, he dropped six three-pointers from behind the arc. Kawhi Leonard (14), Marcus Morris Sr (7), Paul George (10), and Ivica Zubac (6) together combined just 37 points.
In the post-game interview, Jamal seemed to have another mission to accomplish. He laid out a clear message for NBA analysts and said, “You got Shaq, you got Charles (Barkley), you got Zach Lowe, Stephen A (Smith). All ya’ll better start giving this team some damn respect because we put in the work & we’ve got a resilient team.. Ya’ll can start changing the narrative & looking at us in a better light.”
The analysts will certainly think twice before discounting this side when they make predictions ahead of Lakers vs Nuggets in the conference finals.
Back in 2009, the Nuggets lost 2-4 against the Lakers in the Western Conference finals. In that series, Kobe Bryant’s heroics proved to be too good for Carmelo Anthony’s Nuggets. Now in 2020, the Lakers have LeBron James taking up Kobe’s position.
In the courtside interview, Jamal made his stand against LeBron pretty clear as he said, “They gotta worry about us too.”
The Nuggets have the power of Nikola Jokic who has been shooting at 51.5% FG and averaging over 25 in this series. He is a 7 feet giant who arguably is one of the top 10 players in the NBA today. Their offense can pose a great challenge, but the Lakers will be ready with their defensive guns too. The match is set to unfold on Friday, September 17.
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