Nuggets Coach Michael Malone Fired Up His Team With An Edit Of “Every Talking Head In This Country” Who Said The Nuggets Were Doomed

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With everyone and their mother tripping over themselves to label Anthony Edwards as the next Michael Jordan because of a couple road playoff wins, the Denver Nuggets’ NBA championship defense was presumed dead by the vast majority of basketball casuals.

Never mind that Nikola Jokic just won his third MVP in four years — which Shaquille O’Neal felt wasn’t merited — or that this Nuggets squad’s fifth-best starter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, has been a key contributor for multiple NBA champions.

Denver got punched in the mouth at home. No doubting that. A frustrated Jamal Murray was throwing sh*t from the bench. The adversary they disposed of in five games during the first round of last year’s postseason (only loss was in overtime) was now a formidable foe. But for anyone to suggest the Nuggets were finished must not have watched much actual basketball over the past two seasons.

More and more nowadays, good coaches recognize the reality of the era we live in. The toxic cesspool that social media can be. It’s reached a point where it’s harder to block out the noise than ever, so why not take it in for the pointless drivel that it is at the end of the day? And by that I mean, the only thing that really matters is what happens on the court, on the field, etc. Nugs coach Michael Malone decided against giving the outside noise the cold shoulder, and got his troops going with a video edit of all the outsiders who thought they were as good as finished.

It’d be a historic rally to come back from a 0-2 series deficit. To do so while losing the first two games at home would only further prove Denver’s championship mettle. Jokic needed to play like an MVP on Friday just to keep the Nuggets’ hopes alive, and that’s precisely what he did. He played like a man possessed and keen on making history as a potential back-to-back title winner.

All of a sudden, if Minnesota can’t hold down home court in Game 4, all the momentum goes in Denver’s favor. Much of the talk about the Nuggets was how they’ve never really faced adversity in the playoffs. The assertion was they couldn’t handle a team coming after them so aggressively. Welp. Look what happened.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t stunned by the T’Wolves dominating both games in the Mile High City. However, I wasn’t ready to pen Denver’s obituary just yet. The Nuggets are too good, too deep, and too big of winners to just lay down. Whether Malone’s motivational tactic was the X-factor that helped them crack the code to crushing this iteration of the Wolves matters not. Yes, it was only one game, but rolling Minnesota in that fashion felt more like 1.5 wins or something.

Since we’re here talking about Minnesota and their team who’s never won anything, can we talk about the perpetual hilarity that is Rudy Gobert? Dude takes Game 2 off to be there for the birth of his child. Congrats, that’s cool. The Timberwolves hold Denver to eighty points in a Game 2 blowout. Then what happens? Gobert, the undeserving Defensive Player of the Year for the umpteenth time, returns for Game 3 only for his side to get waxed 117-90 at home. LOL.

Oh well. At least hammering Denver’s +145 moneyline before tip-off last night more than made up for my failed DPOY future bet on Victor Wembanyama before the season. Players know who the best defender actually is. In fact, among the one-hundred and forty-two players The Athletic surveyed, the consensus was that Gobert isn’t even the best defender on his own team. AND he’s considered the most overrated player in the entire NBA by his peers.

But go off, powers that be. Make Rudy Gobert Defensive Player of the Year again!

I will die on this hill. Might even file a lawsuit against NBA Awards voters for gross negligence. The matchup with the Nuggets before Wemby went off for 17 points in three minutes and cost Denver the No. 1 seed in the West, he had nine blocks. Wasn’t even the first time he did that this season.

…Whilst playing on a Spurs team full of scrubs. What a joke.

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