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How the Lakers went up 2-0 with Davis’ ‘Mamba shot’

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When the Los Angeles Lakers took a 16-point lead with 8:12 left in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Denver Nuggets, it seemed like they would cruise to a victory, similar to Game 1. But the Nuggets kept playing, cutting the Los Angeles lead to 82-78 entering......
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What sets Nikola Jokic apart from other NBA superstars

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The 2020 NBA playoffs have provided many with their first extended look at the unusual game of Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic. In the past week, Jokic has led the Nuggets to a startling upset of the LA Clippers, been named to his second All-NBA team and made his Western......
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Dwight Howard redeems himself in Game 1

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The last time we saw the Los Angeles Lakers, nearly a week ago when they were finishing off the small-ball Houston Rockets in the second round of the playoffs, centers Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee had been relegated to socially distant cheerleaders on the bench. An important role in a......
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Nuggets Need to Match Lakers’ Sense of Urgency

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Rosenberg LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Lakers sent the Denver Nuggets a message in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, and that message was … “We’re really good at basketball.” Look, the bubble is exhausting. You can’t......
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Paul Millsap Is Facing A Familiar Foe In the Western Conference Finals

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc1NDkyMTMzOTMzODE4OTk5/paul-millsap-dribbles.jpg Rohan Nadkarni It’s hard to find two teams on more opposite sides of the spectrum in playoff experience than the Nuggets and the Lakers. Los Angeles boasts LeBron James and his nine Finals appearances, Danny Green and his championship runs with the Spurs and Raptors, Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard......
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Can the Nuggets Upset the Lakers In the Western Conference Finals?

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro The Nuggets have tried to tell us they’re real contenders for each of the last two seasons, even if the public wasn’t willing to listen. Jamal Murray appeared offended at the consideration that Denver wasn’t a true Finals......
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LeBron: Respect for Nuggets ‘out of this world’

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Up to this point, the crowning achievement of LeBron James‘ storied career was leading the Cleveland Cavaliers back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals. So it should come as no surprise that the Denver Nuggets, coming......
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Reggie Miller, Chris Webber Preview X-Factors of Western Conference Finals

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Reggie Miller did not mince words on the collapse of the Los Angeles Clippers. After taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, the Clippers had three chances to knock out the Denver Nuggets and advance to a date in the Western Conference Finals against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and......
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Is Kawhi Leonard’s Legacy Hurt After Game 7 Loss to Nuggets?

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SI – For more and to sign up click here SI Staff Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers are headed home after the Nuggets came back from being down 3–1 to advance to the Western Conference finals. While Leonard has won two NBA Finals MVPs—how badly will the loss to Denver......
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How the Lakers and Nuggets stack up in this surprising West finals matchup

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Michael Malone and LeBron James experienced their first conference finals together 13 years ago: the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ stunning 2007 upset of the Detroit Pistons when James was just 22 and Malone was an assistant coach. Their faces aren’t quite as smooth now and they have less hair, but their presence......
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Nuggets silence critics with historic 3-1 comeback

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It was Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone’s 49th birthday on Tuesday, and before Game 7 against the LA Clippers, center Nikola Jokic told his coach he had the perfect gift in mind. “Coach, I’m going to get you a great present,” he told Malone before the game. “I’m either going......
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The Clippers’ Second-Round Loss Is Not as Simple as It Seems

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jamal Murray sat down in his Jesus Shuttlesworth shorts, with a paper cup in hand and the Los Angeles Clippers in his pocket. Murray did not eliminate the favored Clippers by himself, but it sure felt that way. The Nuggets star is not a freak......
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Lowe on Game 7: How the Nuggets put the Clippers on the edge of another catastrophe

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As the Denver Nuggets flew back from Minnesota after losing a win-or-go-home regular-season finale to the Timberwolves for the West’s No. 8 seed in 2018, Nikola Jokic rose from his seat and strode from row to row. Jokic thanked every player, coach, and staff member for helping the Nuggets win......
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Rivers says ‘no secret’ behind Clippers’ collapses

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Doc Rivers went over the wreckage from the LA Clippers‘ Game 6 collapse and saw a few tell-tale signs. In blowing two big leads in their past two losses to allow the Denver Nuggets to stunningly force a Game 7, the Clippers stopped playing with the pace and purpose that......
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Nuggets erase 19-point deficit, stun Clips again

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With the Denver Nuggets down 15 heading to the locker room at halftime and their season on the line in Game 6, coach Mike Malone knew he had a big speech ahead of him. And, apparently, he delivered. “This one was my best one ever,” he said jokingly. “It was......
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Why are the Nuggets handling this pressure better than the title favorites?

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Doc Rivers cannot play the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year as his sixth man. When trying to comprehend how the LA Clippers have squandered a 3-1 series advantage over the Denver Nuggets — and in spectacular fashion, by losing a double-digit second-half lead for the second straight game in......
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George: Clips still in ‘driver seat’ despite collapses

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The reeling LA Clippers have blown two big leads in a row and have stunningly squandered their 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series to the Denver Nuggets. But Paul George says it is the Clippers who are “still in the driver seat” entering a do-or-die Game 7,......
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Morris: Clippers relying on being good ‘on paper’

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The LA Clippers have blown second-quarter leads of 21 and 16 points in two losses this postseason so far and Marcus Morris Sr. knows the problem. “We just lean on us being as good as we are on paper and not actually finishing the game,” Morris said Saturday, a day......
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Porter ‘blocks out’ criticism, lifts Nuggets in clutch

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After finding himself in a flurry of criticism following his Game 4 postgame comments, Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. stepped up in Game 5 to hit the biggest shot of the game, playing a key part in forcing a Game 6 against the LA Clippers. With the Nuggets up......
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Porter: Nuggets can’t rely on just Jokic, Murray

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Denver Nuggets rookie forward Michael Porter Jr. flashed his raw offensive talent in the first half of Game 4 on Wednesday against the LA Clippers, using his size to score inside and his smooth jumper to shoot over L.A.’s rangy wing defenders on his way to 15 points on 5-of-6......

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