Despite Jokic’s Success, Nuggets Fall To Spurs In Game 1

Despite Jokic’s Success, Nuggets Fall To Spurs In Game 1

In the regular season, Denver won the majority of the match ups, but with Gregg Popovich as a legendary "chess master" when it comes to coaching, the Spurs had been favored by many.

It will be the first time any of Denver's players have played a playoff game for the organization.

Down by three in the final seconds of the game, the Nuggets still had a shot. The Rockets only make it harder on themselves if they allow the Jazz to get out to an early lead or a strong shooting start. Capela finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds while Gobert had a career playoff high of 22 points to go with 12 boards.

DeMar DeRozan has shot 48.1 percent and is averaging 21.2 points for the Spurs. The Spurs attempt 25.3 threes per game while hitting 9.9, and Bryn Forbes is an underrated part of that picture.

All five starters scored in double-figures for the Nuggets, led by Garry Harris' 20 points on an efficient 7-of-12 from the field. If there's anything they've taught us the past two seasons, especially the past two postseasons, it's that they're a resilient and hard-nosed group that doesn't go down without a fight.

Aldridge, who shot just 6-of-19 along the way to 15 points, said this is what everyone can expect the rest of the way in this whole series, too. The spread has opened at -6.5 for the Nuggets (money line: Denver- -275; San Antonio +225).

For the Nuggets to come out victorious in the next game I would like to see Nikola Jokic take on more of the scoring responsibilities. San Antonio amassed 111.7 points per game. Nikola Jokic had led the Nuggets in most statistical categories in the regular season, so the Spurs made a point to take him away as much as they could.

0-8 ATS in their last 8 conference quarterfinals games. He sank his first free throw and missed his second, but teammate Will Barton corralled the rebound and dribbled out the clock.

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Gone from San Antonio may be the familiar names of Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard.

Now, the baby-faced Nuggets enter into a playoff series with an organization that is hardly new to these scenarios.

The big man also became the first Denver Nuggets player since Fat Lever in 1989 to record a triple-double in the playoffs. Popovich was ejected 63 seconds into the game but it's a good bet he'll stick around for these games. In Game 1, they ensured the contest was played to their tempo with both teams only combining for two fastbreak points.

The Nuggets are 34-18 in Western Conference games.

The Spurs would get a turnover on a Jokic pass before missing two-shots to give Denver the ball back with 13 seconds remaining and a chance to win the game. Clutch, aka Jamal Murray will be called upon to be at his best at times when every possession could be critical.

While he did make history by becoming the fourth player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double (10 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists) in his playoff debut, the Spurs held him to just ten points.

The Rockets are putting up 113.9 points per game on offense while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from the arc.

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