In arguably their worst performance of not only this season, but the past few seasons the Nuggets were completely outmatched by the Jazz 124-87 on Friday afternoon in Orlando. With the win Utah leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.
After the game Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said “Our group has to be a lot more mentally tough.”
The Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla went so far as to say Nikola Jokić was a joke and and without him the Nuggets have no shot in this series.
When asked why Jokić seemed so disengaged during the game Malone responded, “That would be a great question for Nikola.”
My thoughts: As bad as Game 3 was, it still is just one game of a seven-game series. If the Nuggets can rebound and win Sunday to tie things up at 2-2 it won’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things.
If however they continue to get obliterated for the rest of the series then serious questions will need to be asked. I tend to not read too much into things during this strange postseason.
The one thing I do wonder, is whether there possibly could be more going on with Will Barton than just a knee injury. He left the bubble this week and it feels like the team has fallen apart since he did so.
The two events could be unrelated, but it at least bears watching.
Nuggets-Jazz results and schedule
|Game 1||Denver 135, Utah 125, OT||Box Score|
|Game 2||Utah 124, Denver 105||Box score|
|Game 3||Utah 124, Denver 87||Box score|
|Sun., Aug. 23||7 p.m.||TNT, Altitude|
|Tue., Aug. 25||TBD||TBD, Altitude|
|*Thur., Aug. 27||TBD||TBD, Altitude|
|Sat., Aug. 29||TBD||TBD, Altitude|