The Denver Nuggets have proven to be the Comeback Kings of this year’s NBA Playoffs and now have a shot to make history in the postseason this year.
In the history of the NBA, no team has ever pulled of a 3-1 comeback twice in the same year. After taking Game 6 away from the LA Clippers earlier, 111-98 to force Game 7 in the series, Denver is now in the position to mark their names in the history books of the NBA as the Comeback Kings.
In the first round, the Nuggets did the unthinkable, becoming the 12th team in NBA history to comeback from a 1-3 deficit against the Utah Jazz behind Jamaal Murray’s crazy hot streak.
In a three-game stretch, from Games 4-6, Murray averaged 47.3 points and for the series he put up 31.5 points, 6.2 assists, 5.5 rebounds in 52.8% shooting at the field.
A lot fans and critics counted out Denver after being down 3-1 because Utah had a better built team between the two. But the Nuggets obviously thought otherwise.
In West Semifinals, against a top contender in the Clippers, the Nuggets are once again playing like the zombie of the NBA and just won’t stay down.
After losing Game 2, Los Angeles took two big consecutive wins in Games 3 and 4.
After losing Game 4, rookie forward Michael Porter Jr went on record on how he thinks they can beat the superior Clippers.
Sure enough, MPJ came up big in Game 5 with a clutch three-pointer down the stretch and a clutch block as well to keep them alive in the series.
The Nuggets had all the momentum and were able to take Game 6 and forced a Game 7.
The last time two 3-1 comeback happened in one playoff was back in 2016 when the 73-9 Golden State Warriors did it against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals and then the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals against the Warriors as well.
Denver has the tools and the experience to take Game 7 and close out the series, as evident in what happened in the first round against the Jazz.
The question now is can they do it?
Looking at the Clippers, they have veteran and experienced role players that could play mind games and increase the pressure in the Game 7. That could affect the performances of Denver’s less experienced guys.
Not to mention of course the tandem of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Although George hasn’t been the most reliable star in the playoffs, Leonard is a killer and thrives in high-pressure games.
The Nuggets certainly have the odds against them. With the how great of a team they’ll have to face, odds are they won’t be able to complete the comeback. But pulling it off would not only give them a shot in for the title but it would also solidify them as one of the best teams of the last few years.