The Denver Nuggets wouldn’t give up on Game 5, and they’ll be heading into Game 6 with some confidence.
The LA Clippers can join the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals with a win on Monday, who have the chance of going the distance again after an epic seven-game duel with the Utah Jazz in the first round.
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HOME TEAM: #3 Denver Nuggets (2-3)
Thanks to Paul Millsap emerging from the career cliff he fell off, the Nuggets were able to avoid elimination on Saturday, as they beat the Clippers in Game 5, 111-105.
Millsap finished the game with 17 points, many of which he scored during a crucial third quarter stretch where the Nuggets cut down what was once a 15-point deficit.
It’s the type of performance the Nuggets desperately need in this series to survive.
Other guys are stepping up to provide ample support for Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris. Aside from Millsap, the Nuggets also got 12 points from Monte Morris and seven points from Michael Porter Jr., who provided the spark in the clutch to help secure the victory for Denver.
Jokic leads the Nuggets in this series with 24.2 points per game, while Murray is right behind the Serbian with 19.4 per outing.
ROAD TEAM: #2 LA Clippers (3-2)
The Clippers lost in Game 5, but Kawhi Leonard still ended up with terrific numbers. The Klaw had 36 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 39 minutes on the floor, while Paul George added 26 points and six assists.
Leonard has scored at least 30 points in seven games this postseason, and he should continue to have success against Denver’s faulty defense.
There’s absolutely no reason for the Clippers to push the panic button, but they could really use a better version of Lou Williams in Game 6.
Sweet Lou was cold in Game 5, going 2 for 10 from the field for just four points. Williams is shooting just 35.1 FG%, so far in the second round, but he’s not someone to be counted out when speaking of the Clippers’ offense that’s pacing all teams in the playoffs with 117.7 points per game.
Doc Rivers has a history of blowing 3-1 leads in the playoffs, but I don’t see the Nuggets forcing a Game 7. Consider Game 5’s loss a mere hiccup for the Clippers, who will win Game 6, 117-107.