The Nuggets are an issue. They appear solely unfazed through dire cases. Within the first spherical, they trailed the Utah Jazz, Three-1, of their best-of-seven collection earlier than coming all of the long ago in the back of the tag-team brilliance of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Now, in opposition to the Clippers, the Nuggets are seeking to do it once more.
No participant within the collection has been extra fearsome than Jokic, who has averaged 25.eight issues and 12 rebounds whilst taking pictures 53 p.c from the sphere. On Sunday, the Nuggets outscored the Clippers through 62-30 over the sport’s ultimate 22 mins. Jokic completed with 34 issues.
“Give them credit score,” Rivers mentioned of the Nuggets. “They’re enjoying arduous. We’re enjoying the third-best staff within the West, and so they’re excellent, they’re relentless, resilient. However what we’ve executed to get the leads has labored often, after which we prevent doing it.”
In particular, he mentioned, the Clippers stopped transferring the ball. And as their lead washed away within the fourth quarter, Rivers looked for answers. He even summoned Reggie Jackson, a reserve who had performed sparingly within the collection, off the bench. “We wanted any person to make a shot,” Rivers mentioned. (Jackson didn’t try one in 59 seconds of enjoying time.)
Within the Clippers’ 50 years of lifestyles, they have got made 15 journeys to the playoffs and 8 appearances within the convention semifinals, courting to their days because the Buffalo Braves. However this is so far as they have got ever long gone.
The Clippers nonetheless hope that they are able to push via that barrier with another win, however they have got persevered their proportion of hindrances. They have got seldom gave the impression complete because the get started of the season — such a lot of months in the past. George, for instance, overlooked the staff’s first 11 video games after low season shoulder surgical treatment, then Leonard was once sidelined with a knee contusion after George in the end joined the beginning lineup.