With their ‘frightening potential’, the Nuggets are already aiming for next year

Incredibly proud. The journey of his Nuggets is already over, after a Game 5 won by the Warriors, but Mike Malone does not fail to congratulate his players for their efforts. ” Couldn’t be prouder of a group that could have crumbled after Game 3 “, Notes the coach in reference to this pivotal match in the series, where his team really started to fight.

No one gave us a chance to win this series. A lot of people said that last game was going to be a debacle, that we were going to blow ourselves up. It’s not our type “, continues the coach, before adding: ” During Game 3, 4 and 5, we gave ourselves a chance every night. »

A defeat of five points in Game 3, another four this night… The men of Colorado show no regrets in their post-game statements. But obviously with a full squad, this series would probably not have been completed in five rounds by the Californians.

So, despite the disappointment of being on vacation prematurely, the Nuggets can also look forward to tomorrow with the expected returns of the two major absentees from this series and this season, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr.. ” It’s scary to think about “, delivers Mike Malone who has not forgotten the knee injury of his leader, in April 2021, on the floor of these same Warriors. While at the time, the Nuggets thought “ have a legitimate chance of winning the title “.

Jamal Murray’s stats… consulted overnight

To this misfortune was added that of Michael Porter Jr., seriously injured in the back. Denver thus found itself playing, as its coach put it, ” without two players on the maximum contract who helped us get past the first round for the past three years. Once they are back and healthy, it will make us a richer and more talented team. I’m very excited about it, really. I think the future for the Denver Nuggets is very, very bright. »

Mike Malone, who recalls that finding the Jamal Murray from before his injury will take time, says that one evening when he couldn’t sleep, he looked, around 3 a.m., at the stats of his leader in the ” bubble”. ” I know he had been good, but sometimes we forget how good he had been “, Underlines the technician in reference to the 26.5 points average of his leader during these playoffs, including his first round of fire (nearly 32 points) against the Jazz of Donovan Mitchell.

Michael Porter Jr? Ten games in the finals last year to 17 points and 6 rebounds on average. ” And especially a large volume of 3-point shots. Marksmanship fills in so many things. Jamal and Michael can do it. I don’t want to dwell on them any longer. The guys who have played all season, who have given their all, who have put us in this position, deserve a lot of love and respect.. »

Two less “superstars”

As Monte Morris says, their absence has also allowed other players to come forward. The leader thus takes as an example his replacement, the rookie Bones Hyland, who would not have been so responsible with Jamal Murray in shorts.

To see what these Nuggets in full will be able to accomplish. As his coach, DeMarcus Cousins, who does not yet know if he will be part of the adventure, speaks of a ” scary potential. This is another reason why we are so proud of this group. We played without two superstars, against one of the most dominating teams of the last decade. It looks good on paper but we have to put everything in place. We’ll see what will happen. »

Same enthusiasm mixed with caution on the side of Nikola Jokic.

Do we have talent? Yes. Can we do something? We can see in the league that ‘super teams’ form and do not succeed, let’s put it like that. We have talent, players, strengths. The only thing is whether we will work together. You can’t know until you start playing. »

Shots Bounces
Players GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd bp Int CT party Points
Nikola Jokic 74 33.5 58.3 33.7 81.0 2.8 11.0 13.8 7.9 3.8 1.5 0.9 2.6 27.1
Aaron Gordon 75 31.7 52.0 33.5 74.3 1.7 4.2 5.9 2.5 1.8 0.6 0.6 2.0 15.0
Will Barton 71 32.1 43.8 36.5 80.3 0.6 4.2 4.8 3.9 1.8 0.8 0.4 1.6 14.7
Monte Morris 75 29.9 48.4 39.5 86.9 0.4 2.7 3.0 4.4 1.0 0.7 0.2 1.2 12.6
Jeff Green 75 24.7 52.4 31.5 83.3 0.5 2.5 3.1 1.3 0.9 0.4 0.4 2.0 10.3
Bones Hyland 69 19.0 40.3 36.6 85.6 0.2 2.5 2.7 2.8 1.2 0.6 0.3 2.2 10.1
Michael Porter, Jr. 9 29.4 35.9 20.8 55.6 1.0 5.6 6.6 1.9 1.3 1.1 0.2 1.8 9.9
Demarcus Cousins 31 13.9 45.6 32.4 73.6 1.6 3.9 5.5 1.7 2.2 0.6 0.4 3.0 8.9
Bryn Forbes 35 17.4 42.4 41.0 92.1 0.2 0.7 0.9 1.0 0.7 0.2 0.1 1.5 8.6
Zeke Nnaji 41 17.0 51.6 46.3 63.1 1.4 2.2 3.6 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.3 1.9 6.6
Jamychal Green 67 16.2 48.6 26.6 87.1 1.2 3.0 4.2 0.9 0.9 0.6 0.4 2.4 6.4
austin rivers 67 22.1 41.7 34.2 72.7 0.3 1.4 1.7 1.3 0.8 0.8 0.1 1.8 6.0
Pj Dozier 18 18.9 36.4 31.2 76.9 0.8 2.7 3.5 1.6 0.7 0.6 0.3 1.8 5.4
Facundo Campazzo 65 18.2 36.1 30.1 76.9 0.4 1.4 1.8 3.4 1.0 1.0 0.4 1.9 5.1
davon reed 48 13.9 50.3 43.0 66.7 0.3 2.0 2.2 1.1 0.3 0.5 0.2 1.3 4.4
Vlatko Cancar 15 11.8 56.1 58.3 64.3 0.5 1.5 2.1 1.1 0.6 0.1 0.2 1.2 4.1
Markus Howard 31 5.7 38.6 40.0 87.0 0.1 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.5 4.1
bowl bowl 14 5.8 55.6 25.0 40.0 0.3 1.1 1.4 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.3 2.4
Rayjon Tucker 3 9.8 50.0 50.0 75.0 0.3 1.0 1.3 1.3 0.0 0.3 0.0 1.0 2.0
James Ennis 3 4.6 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.7 1.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.3
Petr Cornelie 13 2.9 33.3 12.5 75.0 0.5 0.5 1.1 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.5 1.1
carlik jones 2 2.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0

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