The Denver Nuggets have prepared the first NBA finals in their history these days without options over their rival in the fight for the ring, which will come from the winner of the East final between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat (2-3 for now).
“Really, either way. I don’t care,” Bruce Brown said this Friday to a question from the media about whether they would rather know their rival or vice versa, if they would rather have the Far East. as far as possible, so that your adversary may come with less rest.
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“We’re going to prepare the same one who wins the same way. But this is a big series right now so I’m looking forward to knowing who we’re going to play against,” he said.
Jamal Murray, Nuggets captain with Nikola Jokic, said until the finals the most important thing is to stay plugged in and focused. “We don’t want to let go,” he said.
The Nuggets closed their spectacular 4-0 sweep against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, May 22, when they then had ten days of rest before the first game of the finals, which was played on June 1.
What they don’t know, however, is that their rival, the Heat, started off in a big way with a 0-3 loss against the Celtics, but now Boston has regained hopes of an unprecedented comeback by winning two straight games.
In the previous 150 games of league history, no franchise had advanced to the playoffs after going 0-3.
Meanwhile, Mike Malone, the Denver coach, is all focused and trying to save time on the Nuggets.
“The main concern for me is the rhythm and, even more important, the physical condition. Every day we played for a long time and now, suddenly, he rested for nine or ten days”, he thought.
“It’s a bit of a tough situation because you don’t know what the opponent is preparing for. So now, as I said to the players, it’s about us,” he added.
Malone had big words of warm praise, starting with his coach Eric Spoelstra and their star Jimmy Butler, whom he said are playing “at the highest level.”
“If the opponent is Miami, you know it’s going to be a series of tough battles,” he said.
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“And of course in Boston you have a team that was in the Finals last year. We know what they are capable of on both sides of the court. Jayson Tatum is one of the best players in one on one,” he said.
In the event, Malone confirmed that the squads of the three teams that are still alive, beyond the figures, have several players capable of stepping up when needed.
“We’re not just going to the finals because of one player. I think we and, whether it’s Boston or Miami, we have complete teams and quality depth,” he said.