Semis The Nuggets and Trail Blazers met in the Conference Semifinals in the 2019 playoffs. This was only the third time (previously 1977 and 1986) that both teams had met in the playoffs. For Denver, the 2019 postseason was the franchise's first playoffs since 2013.
After struggling in the Nuggets first game back against Miami last week, Porter has bounced back with two phenomenal games and has put the entire NBA on notice. While the Nuggets wait on Will Barton (knee), Gary Harris (hip), and Jamal Murray (hamstring) to return from injury, Porter has taken full advantage and has practically cemented himself in the starting lineup moving forward.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich had lofty praise for an opposing player after he put on a clinic against Popovich's Spurs team on Wednesday night. Denver Nuggets all-world center Nikola Jokic went off for 25 points -- including three triples -- 11 assists, four boards and a steal across 32 minutes in Denver's 132-126 win over San Antonio. The 25 points coupled with 11 dimes made for a somewhat unusual double-double for a modern NBA big man, who tend to finish more than they facilitate.