Denver Nuggets started out their matchup


The Denver Nuggets started out their matchup with the Orlando Magic with a strong first quarter where they were leading by 14 thanks to strong starts from Aaron Gordon and Will Barton. Nikola Jokic was taking a back seat to the rest of the team, but he was on pace for another easy triple-double at the end of the first period. Unfortunately, Denver’s luck would run out after that first quarter.

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Down 3-0, history doesn't bode well for Denver Nuggets


Behind yet another dominating performance from the backcourt duo of Chris Paul and Devin Booker, who combined for 55 points, Phoenix took a commanding 3-0 lead in this best-of-seven series Friday with a 116-102 win in a Game 3 more lopsided than the final tally indicated. No team falling behind 3-0 in a playoff series has ever recovered to advance (0-142 all-time) to the next round, and Phoenix continues to prove it isn’t conceding anything going into Sunday’s potential closeout game at Ball Arena. "This is the first time in my career I’ve ever been up 3-0 in a series," said Paul, who has produced 34 assists in the series with just three turnovers while scoring 30 total points in the fourth quarter on 12-of-13 shooting. "So, just staying in the moment, understanding the importance of every game and knowing, too, that even though its 3-0, as long as they’re over there being led by Mike Malone, that team over there is gonna keep fighting." The situation reminds us all of how Denver became the only team in NBA history last year in the bubble to bounce back in the same postseason from two deficits of 3-1. The problem is the Nuggets need to find a way just to get to the "one." "The mood is definitely one of frustration," Denver coach Michael Malone said. "My only thing to our guys is, we’re down 3-0. We can’t try to win four games in a row in Game 4. Our whole focus is on trying to win a game. The last thing I want to see is the Phoenix Suns pushing a broom across that court after Game 4. The one thing I don’t want is for us to go out just quietly into that good night. I hope we show some real fight and resolve and force this series to go back to Phoenix for a Game 5." Better third-quarter performances from the Nuggets might serve as a solid starting point. Phoenix has outscored the Nuggets by at least nine points in the third of all three games. Denver trailed by just four points at intermission in this one, only to watch Phoenix race away with an 8-2 run over the final 1:58 of the third to go up 14 points headed into the final frame. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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The start times for games 5,6, and 7 are undecided, but it is nice to see Denver avoiding early start times. Most teams, including the Nuggets, are creatures of habit, so they should be comfortable with this. On the other hand, games 1-6 declare only one day of rest in between games. Last series, both teams received two days of rest between the games where they traveled. The two teams faced off three times during the regular season. Denver won two of those matchups including a back-to-back in Phoenix. Every game was close. Every game was decided by eight points or fewer including one OT and one 2OT game. Although the Nuggets won the season series, their roster looked completely different back in January. Gary Harris was starting as well as Jamal Murray, and Murray had a heroic effort hitting an incredible three to send a game into overtime.

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