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The Denver Nuggets are one-and-done in the NBA playoffs again. Only this ouster has a much different feel.
The young team grew up in a hurry in taking the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers to the brink before losing a thrilling Game 7 at the Staples Center on Saturday night.
They even impressed Kobe Bryant, who said the Nuggets ''showed a lot of heart.''
Along with plenty of promise.
Ty Lawson established himself as a bona fide difference-maker and joining him with flashes of brilliance at various points were rookie Kenneth Faried, speedster Corey Brewer, forward Danilo Gallinari, big man JaVale McGee, guard Arron Afflalo and center Timofey Mozgov.
Al Harrington and Andre Miller provided the veteran leadership, and they nearly pulled off the upset.
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Much has to be said about this year as Denver has been on a roller coaster ride, trading Nene for JaVale McGee has been one of the biggest bumps in the ride. However, JaVale has proved to be a commodity in the playoffs and is responding well in Denver’s system. Masai is “100 percent” on-board with re-signing JaVale McGee [...]
Denver Nuggets may have not shocked the world by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, but they did shock the NBA universe by taking a uber talented squad, whom should have KILLED Denver in 5 games — easily — to a Game 7. They made new believers out of fans, critics, players. The Denver Nuggets is [...]
This has been a crazy series in the first-round in the NBA playoffs, granted that many expected Denver to be swept or to win one game maximum in the series. Here we are, looking at the ravenous Denver Nuggets forcing a Game 7 as the series is returns to the legendary Staples Center as Denver [...]
LOS ANGELES—By all accounts the Lakers should not have been hanging on by a sliver in the fourth period of Game 7. There should never have been a Game 7. There should never have even have been a Game 6.
So how does this happen? It happens when teams start to take their wins for granted.
To read this story and watch a video recap please click the link below.
Andre Miller is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
Ty Lawson hopes to sign a long-term contract extension with the Nuggets.
Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend, rapper Kanye West, attended the L.A. Lakers-Denver Nuggets Game 7 playoff match-up Saturday night. Kim was seen by all in the Staples Center showing off a leather dress, while Kanye wore a regular -- high price -- white shirt, blue jeans and a pair of boots.Maybe Kim was the Lakers "good luck charm", as the team pulled off the win against...
Maybe we didn’t notice JaVale McGee’s defensive prowess because he toiled away on a horrible Washington Wizards team for the first three and a half years of his career but now that he is with the Denver Nuggets, Denver’s interior defense has been much improved. McGee has taken his athletic, high-energy game and caused fits for the Los Angeles Lakers’ All-Star center Andrew...
20) Metta World Hunger got the start, because he was the only Laker with fresh legs19) We can safely classify Pau Gasol a Home Only player now18) Despite his relatively weak game tonight, my man-crush on Kenneth Faried shows no signs of abating17) I'm not sure why Ty Lawson's shooting coach isn't traveling full-time with the Nuggets16) Had George Karl swapped in Timofey...
While the Lakers “bigs” got all the credit from ESPN and the major media outlets Saturday for stepping up in a 96-87 victory over the Denver Nuggets in Game 7, it’s clear defense was the difference. Specifically Ron Artest, or Metta World Peace, who completely shut down whoever he was guarding Saturday in his return from a seven-game suspension.
Tonight the 16 time NBA Champion Lakers will seek to avoid a first round playoff exit at the hand of the Denver Nuggets.
Here is a video on NBA.com depicting JaVale and Pam’s special relationship as he went from a Washington Wizard to an important member of the Denver Nuggets.