San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets: Game 1 Takeaways

  • San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets: Game 1 Takeaways

San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets: Game 1 Takeaways

"They did the same thing on me".

Nuggets coach Mike Malone commended Popovich after the game as he hilariously compared their rings. So, coach Michael Malone said before tip-off he expected his team to come out a bundle of nerves.

The double team was only effective because the Nuggets kept missing wide open shots which only encouraged the Spurs to keep doubling Jokic. He's going to make the right play. We've got to understand that's still an excellent team over there. But he was hesitant on offense all night, taking just nine shots and making four of them. "I love his passing".

The Nuggets, of course, have home-court advantage.

Denver couldn't get any closer until scoring 15 of its 26 points in the fourth quarter in the final 3:10.

Aldridge calmly stepped to the line and knocked down a pair of free throws to make it a 3-point game, 99-96 with 6.9 seconds remaining.

Leading up to the series, many favoured San Antonio over Denver simply because the Spurs collectively had much more playoff experience than the Nuggets.

The Nuggets were hoping for a game-tying 3 although they were just 6 of 28 from long range. They have three starters - Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic - who have never played a minute in the postseason.

"He and LaMarcus (15 points, 8 rebounds) canceled each other out so to speak", Popovich said.

"He's spectacular for somebody who got put into that position", Popovich said. The exclamation point to that stretch came with White's thunderous dunk over Paul Millsap - a play that stopped a 5-0 Nuggets run and swung momentum in the Spurs' favor. They joined the Nets, who won at Philadelphia, and Magic, who won at Toronto. Denver cut it to seven but Minnesota answered with a dunk and layup to lead 88-77 with 6:43 left, prompting the Nuggets to call timeout.