Blazers beat Nuggets to force Game 7

Jose Verdugo
May 15, 2019

The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers will be at full strength for Game 7 after the National Basketball Association did not levy any suspensions or fines from a fourth-quarter skirmish between both teams in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series. "We can't allow that", he said. "It's your last opportunity to play, so facing elimination is what it is to me, and that's going to be my approach, just like it was tonight".

Let's be clear, Damian Lillard never left, but the man we saw in the Trail Blazers' opening-round series against the Thunder had not truly shown up against the Nuggets just yet. "If I've got to play 45 minutes and push myself out there, that's what I'll do".

While the Nuggets have gone back and forth in each of their first two series of the playoffs, it's hard not to conclude the team will be good for a very long time.

Things had not been looking good for the Portland Trail Blazers. I guess he thought I was trying to stand on top of him and be tough.

It's been a roller-coaster second-round series between two competitive teams, and it seems only natural that tensions finally flared.

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"We don't quit", Portland's Enes Kanter said. His Game 6 total was more than his combined points total of games 5 and 4.

"It's weird, everyone keeps talking about experience", Denver guard Jamal Murray said of numerous young Nuggets playing in their first postseason. The Nuggets, though, know they can not rely simply on the fact that they prevailed in Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs at home. "I just want to say that we've been here before".

"It is unfortunate, but we have been here before", Nuggets coach Mike Malone said.

Durant, averaging a league-best 34.2 points in the playoffs, was removed in the third quarter of Golden State's 104-99 home victory on Wednesday over Houston. "Hopefully, both teams are at full strength for Game 7, which is what the fans deserve".

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