Blazers' Hood has 'a lot of pain' in left knee

Florence Fletcher
May 14, 2019

The Trail Blazers reward for winning is a date with the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals. Instead, the young squad pissed it all away, losing 100-96 at home on May 12 to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Yes, Jokic scored 29 points and recorded thirteen rebounds, but his shooting percentage was low, and his compatriots came up small when he needed them the most.

CJ McCollum is holding it down for the Trail Blazers.

The Denver Nuggets look for their first conference final appearance since the 2008-09 season. He also almost had a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

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Jokic led Denver with 29 points, but missed 15 shots. Per usual, it's a balanced scoring attack for the Nuggets with Jamal Murray's nine points, eight points from Paul Millsap and seven points from Gary Harris. The sentiment hasn't changed heading into Sunday's Game 7 in Denver.

The wear of battling for six games, including a four-overtime marathon in Game 3, was obvious late Thursday. The Nuggets are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Conference Semifinals games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest and 22-9-1 ATS in their last 32 vs. NBA Northwest. The Nuggets remain in the lead by one point, but the Blazers had taken their first lead of the game just before the end of the quarter. The public betting for the contest has 58 percent going on the Nuggets as the home favorite.

From front, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard celebrates with guard Seth Curry and center Enes Kanter after the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. And while the Nuggets are still babies in terms of playoff experience, just winning a game seven against the San Antonio Spurs will help calm the nerves a bit.

CJ McCollum could not be stopped in this one - he went for a game-high 37 points, including some clutch buckets down the stretch to keep his team alive. While they shot 38 percent from the arc, they were just 33 of 86 from the field. If those two are clicking the way I think they will in a game this big, I'm not sure the Nuggets will be able to counter.

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