The NBA world is clearly captivated by Luka Dončić’s magic, especially when he tied up the series with a deep “bang-bang” 3-point game-winner. But has anyone noticed the Denver Utah matchup?
Four games played, and the Utah Jazz has a healthy lead 3-to-1 over the Denver Nuggets. Statistically, Donovan Mitchell is creating more magic than Luka in this Playoff series, but the media is not interested. Mitchell etched his name into the record books on Sunday night by scoring his second 50-point game in a single Playoff run. He joins the shortlist of players with that same accomplishment, Michael Jordan (2x), Wilt Chamberlain, and Allen Iverson.
On the other hand, Jamal Murray from the Nuggets scored the most-ever points by a Denver player in a postseason game. He also penciled in 50-points for the game, but was all in vain. That would be the first time in NBA Playoff history two opponents each scored 50 or more in the same game.
The Nuggets are now in a position that no team wants to face who are on the verge of another early Playoff exit. My hot tip, if the Nuggets can shut down the Mitchell-Gobert combo, then there’s a chance to get back into this series. Otherwise, it might be time to start wondering if Denver’s just a regular-season team.
Catch you Thursday.