WATCH: Denver Nuggets Celebrate Like Crazy as Coach Delivers an Emotional Speech in Locker Room

Published 09/16/2020, 7:20 AM EDT
Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone celebrates with his team after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in game sevenof the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


It is just so rare that a team will come back from a 1-3 deficit and defeat a #2 seed in the NBA playoffs. The Denver Nuggets pulled this stunt and broke the Clippers’ dream to lift their maiden championship. They’re now 6-0 in elimination games in this post-season and deserve a celebration.

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Last year, the world saw how the Toronto Raptors celebrated their championship win in the locker room. Earlier this year in the Orlando bubble, the Lakers celebrated in a similar manner as they celebrated Kyle Kuzma’s game-winning three-pointer. And now, the Denver Nuggets have done this too.

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic celebrates after defeating the Los Angeles Clippers in game seven of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets took their head coach by surprise!

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After the victorious play, the head coach Mike Malone entered the locker room to find his team eagerly waiting to spray champagne on him. They jumped, danced, and yelled in glory post which their coach gave them some words of motivation. In a short speech to his resilient team, coach Mike said, “I’ve never been around a team like this man, for real. Inspirational group, love you all man. We got work to do, let’s go to the finals and win this.”

These powerful words came from the same man who was so stunned by his team’s game 6 win, that he was at a loss for words. A proud coach, Mike has been the head coach of the Denver Nuggets for five years now. In these five years, he built the team that could reach two back-to-back NBA playoffs. His time with the Nuggets has certainly been more fruitful than with the Sacramento Kings. He has a 53.6% winning percentage in the playoffs with the Nuggets. 

How far can the Nuggets go from here?

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The playmaking for the Nuggets is mostly handled by the duo of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Now they will face LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the finals and that will not come easy. But the Nuggets also have other performers. Michael Porter Jr. and Jerami Grant add to the team’s rotation. It’s true that Gary Harris has been a concern, as his performance has only loosened this season. But somehow, the unit has still managed to help their leading scorers get open shots with their good defense.

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The point deficits do not matter to this Nuggets side as they can make a comeback in any quarter. Jamal alone dropped 20 points in the second half of game 7, and Paul Millsap looked impressive with his three-point scoring. They will have to continue such power plays if they’re to defeat the very strong Lakers in game 1 on Friday.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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