After taking a 3–1 lead in the series, the Clippers had three chances to knockout the Denver Nuggets and advance to a date in the Western Conference Finals against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers. But he took a double-digit lead in games 5, 6 and 7, one of the biggest breakdowns in franchise history.
“This curse is real,” Miller said. “The Clippers entire marketing plan was to tarnish the Los Angeles Lakers and their history. ‘There is a new sheriff in town, we are occupying LA!’ Their focus was Lebron, Eddie and the Lakers, and they were one game away from doing it. It was a total collapse.“Now we hear that there were chemistry problems? Come on. We didn’t know anything about chemistry problems before? Don’t be privy, Paul George. I need a name If those doctors are talking about getting rid of rivers, which doctors are they going to bring better? Paul George needs to start looking at himself. ”
Along with Brian Anderson on play-by-play, Miller and Chris Weber will provide analysis for the Western Conference Finals on TNT. The two basketball icons spoke to mixed media to preview the Lesser-Nuggets series on a Wednesday press call.
“I love that Denver is convincing people,” Weber said. “I love how deep they are, and hopefully the coaches [Michael] Malone gets the credit he deserves. If you talk to players who have played for him, they will tell you how much they have enjoyed playing for him. They are a great story. “
Miller, a Hall of Famer who was deadly behind the three-point line, would give the Negates-Lakers series a different style of play from the Eastern Conference Finals. In Game 1, the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat attempted 76 three-pointers, but Miller said West would have a different tempo.
“The Lakers scored 19 threes in that close game against Houston, but they are not a three-point shooting team,” Miller said. “Denver relies on that a lot, so the Lakers can’t allow a big difference there. If you’re the Lakers, you can’t allow Denver to make 15 when you only hit five. They have been within striking distance, but they will not be shooting in Miami and Boston. Those two teams are dedicated on that three-point line. ”
Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray starred for the Nuggets during their historic playoffs, winning back-to-back series three games one by one. They will certainly cause problems for a team lacking depth behind the Lakers, James and Davis. But a shining issue for Denver is finding a way to stop an invincible force in James.
“No one can check LeBron,” Weber said. “But Denver plays defense in many different ways. I like Denver as much as I have shown, then I like the chances of someone else.
Bubble has served as a great equalizer in this year’s NBA playoffs, and has given players the opportunity to stand out or be exposed on a neutral surface. Weber believes the series will define Howard’s tenure with the Lakers.
“Dwight Howard is the only person who can investigate Jokic,” Weber said. “I think Eddie can, but does Eddie want to play center? And I’m not saying that Howard will stop Jokic, but he can move his legs later and he’s taller. In the passing streets. His ability to go and put his hands on Jokic’s face, which is going to be very important. “
Stars in the NBA win championships, but the shadow behind the MVP’s breathtaking performances present a strong foundation provided by players who play their roles. For the Nuggets to be a legitimate shot at eliminating the Lakers, Paul Millsap would have to play a massive role on either side of the floor. On defense, Millsap has the ability to help limit James and Davis, as well as giving a quietly effective inside-out arsenal on offense.
“If Game 5 and Game 7 [from the Clippers series] Paul Millsap’s version shows, then all bets are off, ”said Miller. “If he consistently plays anywhere in this series, the Nuggets are a different team with a different option.”
Miller pointed out that the difference in the series would eventually be defined by adjustments, an area where the Nuggets concluded in the first two rounds.
“The Lakers have the best team when Davis is at five,” Miller said. Frank Vogel is going to play Davis against Jokic. He will have to put pressure on Jock on the offensive end, and he may be upset by the foul. It will be interesting to see how they mix and match, and the battle of coaching matchups. ”
He said, “It’s not predictable that the Lakers are going to win. I know everyone is disappointed, and so am I, that they’re not going to watch the Battle of LA, but Denver don’t sleep on the nuggets.” ”
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