There’s always been a sort of wild west appeal to the NBA’s Western Conference, and this year is no different. Both the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors, who have collided in the first round of the playoffs, serve as textbook examples of it. Each team is more than capable of making a deep playoff run, but neither register as more than a blip on the typical East Coaster’s radar.
Through the first two games of their Western Conference Quarterfinal, the Nuggets and Warriors sit tied at a game apiece. The results of each match have come down to whoever sets the pace of the game from the onset.
In Game 2, it was Golden State’s high-octane attack, spearheaded by point guard Stephen Curry, that drew the Warriors back even in the series. Curry’s 30 points and 13 assists were enough to get his club out in front in the first half and never look back.
Considering that in Game 1 Denver’s depth and defense was loaded, it’s no wonder the Nuggets were able to start the series off with a wi...