Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kevin Durant told CJ McCollum a year ago Blazers are not championship team

Kevin Durant told CJ McCollum a year ago Blazers are not championship team

In terms of the NBA Western Conference final, the Golden State Warriors have been there and done that.

Now the model has honed in on Nuggets vs. Trail Blazers.

"All summer long I'm going to probably be second-guessing myself at the timeout", Malone said.

Prior to their second-round series against the Nuggets, Portland had won twice in eight games at Denver. McCollum's nuclear 37-point effort also cemented he and Lillard's status as one of the truly elite backcourts in basketball, one that can be counted on to shine as brightly in the postseason as it can in the regular season.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Trail Blazers: Averaging 112.2 points, 45.9 rebounds, 18.5 assists, 7.1 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the field. But instead of heading to the Bay Area on Monday morning to get ready for the Warriors, players were packing up their lockers and throwing their items in black trash bags before slowly trudging out of the Pepsi Center for the final time this season.

The mismanagement continued: Jokic was fouled inside shooting a 2-pointer with 11.4 seconds left and missed the first free throw. In fact, home teams have won 105 of 133 Game 7s in National Basketball Association history, a 78.9 winning percentage. "He was upset because he thinks he didn't do enough for us to win tonight".

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McCollum's big game was necessary because Damian Lillard made just 3 of 17 shots for 13 points, although two of them were crucial 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

As rewarding as it was to see his guys manage the pressure of Sunday's game - the same pressure that chewed up the young and higher-seeded Nuggets during their second-half meltdown - the Blazers realize the challenge that awaits in the two-time defending champs.

After the Denver Nuggets' best season in a decade arrived at an end, Nikola Jokic assumed the fault for the Game 7 misfortune to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland: Rodney Hood hyperextended his left knee in the third quarter. In game 6, after CJ McCollum hit a 3-point shot to win the game, Evan Turner gave Denver's bench the middle finger. Lillard has scored 30 or more points 15 times in the playoffs.

"I thought our Game 6 here in Portland was better than our Game 6 in San Antonio", Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said, according to the Associated Press.

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