Nuggets @ Suns Monday Playoff game thread 6-7-2021 - Game 1

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On Monday the Suns face the Nuggets in the second round of the playoffs. The games will be played every other day unless there is a game 7 with the first two games being played in Phoenix.

The Nuggets like the Suns beat their opponent (Portland) in six games. In their wins the Nuggets scored 128, 120, 147 and 126 points. They know how to score so the problem is stopping them.

Their two primary weapons are Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. but they are multi-dimensional and play team basketball. However, make no mistake, this team is built around likely MVP Nikola Jokic. He is the straw that stirs the drink. Like the Suns, the Nuggets use their bench.

Suns are coming off a 4-2 series win over the Lakers.

IMO, the key for the series is a healthy Chris Paul and the Suns limiting Nikola Jokic. Deandre Ayton will need to have a solid series for the Suns to win.

The game will be televised on TNT.

Start time is listed at 7 p.m. Arizona time.
 

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Nikola Jokic says Deandre Ayton guards him really well.

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The Nuggets may get some players back during series.

PJ Dozier and Will Barton have participated in parts of practice.

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Here the schedule for the Suns-Nuggets playoff series.

By Arizona Sports:

Suns-Nuggets playoff series schedule



Game 1 — Monday, June 7 vs. Nuggets (7 p.m. on TNT)

Game 2 — Wednesday, June 9 vs. Nuggets (6:30 p.m. on TNT)

Game 3 — Friday, June 11 at Nuggets (7 p.m. on ESPN)

Game 4 — Sunday, June 13 at Nuggets (5 p.m. on TNT)

*Game 5 — Tuesday, June 15 vs. Nuggets (TBD on TNT)

*Game 6 — Thursday, June 17 at Nuggets (TBD on ESPN)


https://arizonasports.com/story/267...e-times-tv-for-western-conference-semifinals/
 

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JaMychal Green on how to stop Nikola Jokic. With a smile he says triple team him.

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JaMychal Green describes the Nuggets. It sounds a lot like someone describing the Suns.

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Abdel Nader reportedly had an arthroscopy knee procedure around April 26th.

He is out indefinitely but I haven't heard an update on his status in awhile.
 

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Yep. DA needs to tune out all the noise and study up on Joker's first round matchup to get an idea how he's moving and some of his tendencies now compared to earlier in the year.
Coach's job, not DA's. All he has to do is listen and do.
 

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Coach's job, not DA's. All he has to do is listen and do.
Yes, but guys can also study tape of their opponent if they present an extra challenge, which Jokic will do. But your situation does sound more realistic for DA. :)
 

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Dario Saric hasn't played against the Nuggets this season but he has had some solid games against them in the past.

Although the Suns didn't beat Denver in 2019-20, on 11-24-19 Dario had 18 points and 17 rebounds against the Nuggets.

Perhaps Monty might want to consider giving Dario a look off the bench to see if he can recover his rhythm.

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Key to the series is very simple: make Porter have to pass. Do not let him shoot.
 
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