Vibes were good in Denver the past couple of days. Homegrown big man Nikola Jokic became the lowest draft pick to ever win MVP, surely a sign of present and future success.
But losing Game 2 by 25 points, they’ve been exposed in every area — starting with heart. Head coach Mike Malone certainly feels that way.
“I felt we quit tonight,” Malone said. “For Game 3, I’m just going to try to find guys that will at least go out there and leave it all on the line. I may have a hard time coming up with five guys that fill that.”
Jokic finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists, while the rest of the starting lineup combined for 26 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists on 28% shooting. They severely miss Jamal Murray.
The Suns have outscored the Nuggets by 21 PPG so far. NBA teams own a 33-3 series record when they go up 2-0 while outscoring opponents by 20+ points. Denver’s only lost by 20+ points three times this season.
“If we play like this in Denver, this is going to be a really quick series,” Malone said.
He isn’t wrong. They have one day to figure it out — Game 3 is tomorrow night, 10:00 p.m. ET.