Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets survived a big fight against the Warriors

Don’t sweep the nuggets! Mike Mallon’s men avoided outright elimination by narrowly defeating the Californians, who had to fight a major battle against them. Thus they will try to reduce the delay further in a few days, during Game Five in San Francisco.

Barely a minute of play and an already difficult match between Aaron Gordon and Draymond Green, after a foul from the latter in the face of Nikola Jokic. Double technical fault for the first two cities. As you understand, this fourth round didn’t take long to feel powdery. The Nuggets, who nonetheless struggled with title Klay Thompson (who was quickly embarrassed by the mistakes) in the early moments, clearly raised the bar on a physical level to defend aggressively (31% of the Warriors, their worst quarter time of the season). a series). Well helped by the embarrassment of the opposite ‘sixth man’, Stephen Curry, the locals relied on attacking the still untenable Nikola Jokic in the bat, but also three points in the ‘trailer’.

The Colorado players turned around a bit in the lead after twelve minutes (26-21), relying on the more efficient bench of the visiting team. In addition to racket-active DeMarcus Cousins ​​(still being penalized for a questionable technical foul…), crazy hacker Bones Hyland signed a mini-fest with three consecutive award-winning baskets to provide the biggest advantage of the match for his team (40-23). Nuggets suffered the most as most of the beginners came back. Without panic, the Golden State found calm on the offensive with Andrew Wiggins. Young warrior shooters were at the party, and Jonathan Cominga was also able to speak of his athletic qualities to contribute to the Californian’s comeback. The latter finished more than 10 points (63-52) than Nikola Jokic (22 points), his very energetic lieutenant, Aaron Gordon, and the Nuggets in the break.

Splash Brothers and Monty Morris are warming up

Klay Thompson had started his second shooting period three points and halfway through, but a hitherto reticent man was responsible for answering him: Monty Morris. Base converts five three-pointers in the third game without a miss. An insane title would allow Denver to maintain its leadership despite the good sequence of Draymond Green, comfortable in “Coast to Coast” or to serve Stephen Curry at “The Back Door”. With 7/12 behind the arc this quarter, Denver remained ahead but still under threat from the Warriors (98-89).

And in particular “Splash Brothers” because Stephen Curry, who had been struggling to shoot until then, joined his lifelong companion, Klay Thompson, on his way to speak. With a “3+1” he brought his side into possession only (104-98), while DeMarcus Cousins ​​injured Andre Iguodala on the other side of the field. A little jump from Aaron Gordon to give Denver a ten point lead? A response to the heels of Klay Thompson’s three-pointer. A few minutes later, despite a very good Draymond Green issuing six fouls, the visitors tied in a new exploit by Stephen Curry (119-119).

The latter responded with a long two-point shot that was quickly erased by Nikola Jokic, and then Monte Morris. With another crucial defensive move from Austin Rivers, Denver found itself with the cards in hand to wrap up. What Nikola Jokic did to serve a semi-ghostly Will Barton in the corner for a “dagger”.

What to remember

My assistant, Nikola Djokic, responded. Aaron Gordon, who held Jordan Bull a lot in defense, quickly found his feet and made his athletic qualities speak to cause a bunch of whistles. We appreciate its subsequent high and low relationship with the Serbian Axis. Behind the Handyman of the Five of the Nuggets, the title’s MVP found the support of Monte Morris, an exceptional title in the third quarter. A few men also contributed from the bench. We think, for example, of Austin Rivers and his five objections.

physical dimension. The match started around 9:30pm (French time) and ended later than usual. The bug in the game is often sliced ​​through by the physical dimension created by the actors who, as a result, made a lot of mistakes. These numerous connections, along with a few distributed technical errors or a permanent high action of Draymond Green, demonstrate a very high intensity and level of commitment in this segment.

Nuggets know that losing 3-1. Seeing Denver now leading 3-1, it’s hard not to remember the 2020 ride in Orlando’s “bubble” where the Nuggets twice beat such a gap, against the Jazz and then against the Clippers. The big difference is that they didn’t lose their first three matches in this series. ” The odds are stacked against us, but we’ve done it so many times before, so why not? With that, Nikola Jokic smiled at the end of the meeting.

tops/swings

Nikola Jokic. Aside from the seven balls he lost, there wasn’t much to take away from the pivot match who shone with his physical strength as much as his prowess at the end. But the end of the streak for him who stayed in ten straight games ended with a double.

“Splash Brothers”. With his fourth foul being admitted towards the end of the first period, Klay Thompson can look grim. First, swayed by these flaw fears, the back made its external title fully spoken in the second half. Difficult to start, including surprisingly the free-throw line, which Stephen Curry imitated so well in the last chapter. Mike Malone succeeded anyway in his bet to behead Cerberus because Jordan Poole, on the other hand, lost the title level.

bench warriors. If we don’t consider Stephen Curry an alternate as such, and if we remove the good clip of Jonathan Kominga in the first period, who didn’t replay in the second, the Warriors bench fetches almost nothing. It’s the exact opposite of Nuggets, with many of their representatives ending up with a very nice +/- column.

the following

Fifth game: In San Francisco, Wednesday, April 27th.

nuggets / 126 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
me. green 16 1/1 0/0 1/1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 4
A Gordon 35 5/11 1/3 10/13 2 4 6 4 4 1 2 2 -7 21 23
W Barton 32 2/7 2/5 0/0 0 5 5 1 3 2 1 0 -12 6 8
An Jokic 38 14/21 3/5 6/6 1 7 8 6 3 0 7 0 -2 37 37
Mr. Morris 29 7/11 5/7 5/5 0 2 2 5 4 0 3 0 -8 24 24
Ja. green 14 3/3 0/0 1/1 0 2 2 0 3 0 1 0 +9 7 8
d cousins 10 3/3 0/0 4/6 0 4 4 2 4 0 1 0 +7 10 13
F. Campazzo 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Hyland 20 5/10 3/6 2/4 1 3 4 7 2 1 3 0 +13 15th 17
thousand rivers 36 1/5 1/4 0/0 0 0 0 3 4 5 2 0 +12 3 5
B. Forbes 11 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 +13 0 0
sum 41/73 15/31 29/36 5 28 33 28 31 9 20 2 126
the Warriors / 121 shots bounce
players minimum shots 3 points LF a Dr T pd Ceremony Int baby CT +/- points evaluation
D.Green 34 5/6 0/1 3/3 0 11 11 6 6 2 2 0 +18 13 29
A. Wiggins 37 9/16 1/3 1/2 3 3 6 1 2 2 1 2 +5 20 22
your color 12 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 3 5 1 2 1 1 0 0 2 7
Key Thompson 31 12/20 7/11 1/2 1 3 4 0 5 2 2 0 +9 32 27
J. Paul 39 3/10 1/5 4/4 2 0 2 9 2 3 3 0 -6 11 15th
In Belica 5 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 -9 0 1
J. Kominga 11 3/4 0/1 3/5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 9 6
A. Iguodala 13 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 0 1 0 5 0 2 0 -10 0 -4
O. Porter Jr. 15th 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 3 3 0 4 0 2 0 -16 1 1
jog 37 10/23 3/11 10/14 0 3 3 8 1 4 2 1 -4 33 30
G. Payton II 7 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 -9 0 0
sum 43/86 12/34 23/32 9 27 36 26 27 15th 15th 3 121

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