Kristian Winfield: The Nuggets are on top of the world and the Clippers have hit rock bottom

By Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News on

Published in Basketball

Wow. Just wow.

The Denver Nuggets upset the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night. The Nuggets came back from being down 3-1 to punch their ticket to the Western Conference finals. The Nuggets will now prepare for a date with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers - the Clippers are on a date with the sea, because they've gone fishing.


- Give Denver its flowers

The Nuggets have won six consecutive elimination games. They trailed 3-1 before coming back and winning the first-round series against the Utah Jazz. They trailed 3-1 again before coming back from double-digit deficits in each of their last three games against the Clippers in the second round.

It's the two-headed Nuggets monster, for me. Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic are one of the best duos in the NBA.


Murray has proven to be a killer.

He out-shot Donovan Mitchell in the first round then scored 40 in Game 7 (making 15 of his 26 shots, six of his 13 triples and all four of his free throws) to bury the Clippers.

Jokic has proven to be a nightmare matchup, a point guard at the center position who sees plays before they materialize.

In Game 7, he finished with a triple-double - 16 points, 22 rebounds, and 13 assists - to go with three blocks and two steals. Across the playoffs as a whole, he's averaging 25 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.


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