The Western Conference Finals is at a crossroad, where tonight’s game could open the flood gates for this series. A Laker win implies a commanding lead, but we shift into a long uphill battle if Denver is successful.
This matchup has developed into a meticulously detailed round. Everything I read focuses on a strange statistic or reasoning in why each team is successful or unsuccessful—like LeBron James only shooting two free-throws in Game 3 when he’s averaging 6.6 a game. Or that Jerami Grant is a defensive unicorn that matches up perfectly with Anthony Davis. Are those facts going to change the series? I have no idea.
However, looking back at the Nuggets recent past, they’ve lost Game 4 in each of their first two series against Utah and the Clippers. But Denver seems not to be too frightened when facing a 3-1 deficit. Meanwhile, the Lakers have seized control in their two rounds against Portland and Houston with a Game 4 win. LA won those games by an average of 15 points.
I’m joining the bandwagon and want to point out that AD and LeBron have scored 166 points while Jokic and Murray have 147 in the three games. That’s kind of split down the middle, but the real impact has come from a third scorer, which helped each team become triumphant. Like 18 points from Caldwell-Pope in the Lakers 12-point win in Game 1, and Jerami Grant’s postseason career-high 26 in Game 3. Maybe it’s whoever decides to turn up and catch fire that will make the difference tonight? Again, I have no idea, but let’s find out tonight.
Side Note: I must confess, a mistake was written in Monday’s issue. A fellow lazy emailed me and brought the error to my attention. I said the Eastern Conference Game 4 was on Monday when in fact, it was yesterday. My deepest lazy apology.
Catch you Monday.