National Basketball Association playoff wrap 2019: 76ers, Trail Blazers force Game 7s


After a tough Game 6 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Nuggets find themselves in familiar territory.

Without Durant the Warriors offense struggled in the first half of Game 6 against the Rockets, Klay Thompson was the only saving grace in the opening 24 minutes for the reigning champs.

The Nuggets had won two consecutive games in the series to take a 3-2 advantage, and their advantage today is playing at home in front of what will be a fired up crowd. Leonard is a free agent, and the Raptors made a huge deal to get him to pursue a championship this season.

They have the likely Coach of the Year. "This team nearly always responds". Neither team can expect to shut the other's star down, but the extent to which they can limit the damage they do will go a long way.

After dispatching Orlando 4-1 in the opening round, the conference semifinals have been a see-saw series with wild shifts in momentum.

Kyle Lowry had a brief injury scare during the Toronto Raptors' Game 7 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Nuggets were down 96-95 coming out of a timeout when McCollum hit a pull-up jumper over Torrey Craig with 12.4 seconds left.

Nurse had zero interest in entertaining that possibility on Saturday. I know he's giving himself every opportunity to get back as soon as possible. "Talk about that later", the coach said. But again, you have to see it to believe it.

"I still think there's ceiling to get to", he said. They beat the San Antonio Spurs in a Game 7 in the first round while Portland's core group has not been in a winner-take-all matchup.

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We saw both teams come out hot for the first quarter and score in bunches.

There are a couple key areas to clean up.

Serge Ibaka provided 17 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors. "And I thought I did that". How many were decided by five points or less?

Kerr was asked if it is unlikely that Cousins returns in this series.

"He's a phenomenal shooter", Nurse said. So far, the Nuggets haven't had any defensive answer for Hood, who is suddenly averaging 16.2 points per contest in this series after being a non-factor in the OKC match-up. The Blazers play a style of basketball much more relatable to the Warriors brand and pace, and it is all to easy to envision Golden State relaxing in their mental approach to this series. "That's where we are". Game six is Friday in Houston. He had 17 points in the third quarter alone and the Blazers led 87-80 going into the fourth. "We've got to go up and grab 'em with two hands and squeeze 'em and hold onto them and get in a strong body position".

Jimmy Butler scored 25 points while Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid also had spirited performances as the 76ers survived to fight another day with a 112-101 win over the Toronto Raptors in game six.

"I'm not going to try to justify that as a way for us to play hard or wake us up", Barton said Thursday night. Nurse was asked: If he plays 40 or more on Sunday, what then?

They suffocated the 76ers and made a team with four All-Star caliber players look disjointed.

Ahead of what could be their season finale, the Raptors appeared relaxed and confident on Saturday. 50/50 is a good chance here especially given how the two have played both in the playoffs and regular season.