“I feel like the season is just beginning. The regular season is great, but that’s not what you play for.” Candace Parker said it after the Sparks’ regular-season finale, and it was an apt summation of how a team like Los Angeles views any given year in the WNBA. The goal is a championship. There…Sparks face Connecticut in elimination playoff game — Press Telegram
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The outside noise was loud enough that it pierced the Orlando “bubble.”Nuggets superstar Jamal Murray to Shaq, Barkley: “Start giving this team some (darn) respect” — The Denver Post
The outside noise was loud enough that it pierced the Orlando “bubble.”
Whether the Nuggets admitted or not – and sometimes they did – they saw the narrative of their second round series against the Clippers being carved. After the Game 1 pounding, the Nuggets would be lucky to avoid a sweep. Trailing 3-1 after Game 4, might as well fast-forward to the all-L.A. conference finals. Extend the series to six games? Not gonna happen.
After the Nuggets made NBA history Tuesday night, stunning the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 and becoming the first team in history to advance after facing two separate 3-1 deficits, they made it clear how close they were listening.
“You got Shaq, you got Charles (Barkley), I think Zach Lowe his name, I don’t even know,” Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray began, after hanging 40 points in the 104-89 win. “Stephen A. (Smith), all y’all better start giving this team some (darn) respect. Because we put in the work. We got a resilient team. We shouldn’t have been down 3-1 but to come back from 3-1 against the Clippers is a big achievement so it’s fun just to change that narrative.”
A day before Game 7, Nuggets coach Michael Malone cited ESPN’s experts, and mentioned how 19 of them predicted the Clippers would win. Not one said the series would advance to a Game 7.
“Nobody wants us here,” Nikola Jokic said in his postgame interview. “Nobody thinks we can do something. We prove ourselves and proved everybody we can do something. Next is Lakers another tough opponent for us. We just have to be out there and having fun.”
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Jokic, himself the 41st pick in the 2014 draft, is the face of a team that’s fought for everything it’s earned, including its newfound respect.
“We don’t have a first pick,” he said. “We don’t have many kind of superstars. Everybody is working to get where they’re at. When we won the game I felt just relief. We did it.”
The Nuggets have a giant chip on their shoulder, and they’ve used it to make NBA history. No fans inside the bubble means players have to find motivation elsewhere. And if it’s in the perceived slights of pundits and prognosticators, they don’t need to apologize.
A’s manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday some of his players were feeling some minor effects of playing a doubleheader in worsening air quality the day before in Seattle, but nothing that would prevent them from playing that night against the Colorado Rockies. The A’s played the Mariners twice Monday as a thick haze inside the…A’s Melvin happy to escape smoky Seattle: “You felt it, for sure” — Times-Standard
Huh. After all the hoopla, the historically high expectations, the appetizing promise of an all-L.A. showdown … the Clippers go down in the second round? It happened. If you’re a Clippers fan, you might say it happens. A young Denver squad walloped the win-now Clippers 104-89 on Tuesday in Game 7 of their Western Conference…Clippers’ season of high hopes ends with a disastrous loss to Nuggets in Game 7 — Press Telegram
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — They’re a team that’s faced the firing line six times and seen the other side. The Denver Nuggets are not the team most would have guessed would meet the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, but in the NBA bubble, brute survival is all that matters. And no team has been…Nuggets stun their way into facing Lakers in Western Conference Finals — Daily News