Leading the series 2-0, the Golden State Warriors were facing off against the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets were absolutely destroyed in Game 2. Taking advantage of their home turf, the Nuggets will be looking to in a game in familiar territory.
The Denver Nuggets went with a lineup of Monte Morris, Will Barton, Jeff Green, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Jokic. The Golden State Warriors started with Jordan Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney.
Both teams came out of the gates ready to duke it outs. With the opening tip, Jokic hit a hook shot to put the first points on the board. But the Warriors responded with a 3-point from Jordan Poole. Both teams were on all cylinders and were ready with their offense. The Warriors were trying to pull ahead but Jokic kept his team in the contest almost single handedly.
In the second quarter however, the Nuggets scoring dropped slightly because of taking some bad shots and the Warriors were literally contesting all of their possessions. However, the Nuggets weren’t that bad on defense as they were able to somehow contain Stephen Curry and forced him to turn the ball over. Yet the Warriors were up in the game with a scoreline of 69-59.
In the 2nd half, the Warriors lost control of the game as Draymond Green did what he does sometimes and made bad decisions. The Nuggets instead of pushing on the rest of the shooters, they were pressuring Green which resulted in him taking bad shots and turning the ball over. Thompson was consistently knocking down shots but the ball did not come to his hand that much.
The Nuggets were cleverly dealing with the Warriors and on the offensive end, Jokic was driving his team, getting them to their pots and hitting important shots, The Nuggets took control of the momentum of the game. They had the lead in the game and they knew they needed to keep up their game plan to win.
However, once the 4th quarter rolled in, the Warriors went on the offensive again led by the trio of Curry, Poole and Thompson. They got themselves up to speed and on the defensive end, they blocked routes of the other shooters and let Jokic do as much as he could by putting Green on him. The Nuggets were not able to move the ball well. Jokic scored but that wasn’t enough and they collapsed.
Jordan Poole and Stephen Curry led the team in points putting up 27 points each. Curry also had 6 assists to go along with his scoring. Klay Thompson put up 26 points supporting both of them on the offensive. Draymond Green put up just 6 points but had 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. When you have a trio like Curry, Poole and Thompson on your team, the offense is always going to be sky-high.
On the Nuggets side, Jokic led the team in scoring with 37 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Aaron Gordon put up a double-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Will Barton put up just 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Monet Morris was overwhelming as well jut putting up 10 points, 6 assists and 2 steals.
Takeaways from Game 3
The Warriors won Game 3 with a scoreline of 118-113. They now have a 3-0 lead in the series and are pretty much on the driver’s seat. The Nuggets are now on the edge of the cliff and no team has ever come down from 0-3 down in the history of NBA. Is the Nuggets Playoff run over or can they create a legacy of their own?