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Thursday, April 18, 2024

NBA FINALS. NUGGETS VS HEAT

The Denver Nuggets are just one win away from securing their first championship ring

Will they be able to wrap up the series in Game Five? Or can the Miami Heat launch an unlikely comeback?

The big-game players have pulled out the big-game stats for arguably the season’s biggest games – are we surprised that they’re barrelling past the Heat toward their first championship ring?

Winning by double digits in all but one game out of four should help alleviate some of that disbelief.

Indeed, the Nuggets have done an excellent job all series stifling Jimmy Butler’s drives and erasing Miami’s three-point play.

With no Tyler Herro on hand to resurrect their shots from the deep, the Heat have converted 32 per cent or worse from a distance, while their opponents have easily netted.

Denver have also fortified their defence to eliminate the effects of Miami’s clutch game. Initially, the burden was on Jokic to do so, but his team-mates have rallied to his aid on several occasions, none more evident than in Game Four when the Serb twisted his ankle in the opening quarter.

Aaron Gordon delivered his most compelling game in a Nuggets jersey, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope produced several essential defensive stops, and Bruce Brown was pivotal in fourth-quarter battles.

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