Blazers Recap: The Trail Blazers Are Going to the Western Conference Finals!

Blazers Recap: The Trail Blazers Are Going to the Western Conference Finals!

Blazers Recap: The Trail Blazers Are Going to the Western Conference Finals!

Before the game, Malone said that while Lillard is the superstar and McCollum an emerging All-Star, Hood concerned him the most after scoring seven points in the fourth overtime of Game 3 and 25 off the bench in Game 5, both Portland victories.

Overall, the Nuggets were 2 of 19 from beyond the arc and missed 11 free throws.

"You want to look at it in a positive way, but it's tough when you know you can beat a team and you lose", Murray said. But Lillard believes the drastic change helped the Trail Blazers improve.

After the game, McCollum gave his own "330" shout-out to James, while saying that his block reminded him of James's rejection of Andre Iguodala during Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

"Day-by-day", Hood said. "Hopefully the pain goes down". It was his first 3-ball of the game and he's 2-for-13 from the field, but he's making an impact in other areas with nine rebounds and eight assists. The team listed Hood's status as questionable, but he did not come back into the game. 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.

Paul Millsap is the sage veteran among the youthful Denver Nuggets, but even he had to admit he was sick of seeing the Portland Trail Blazers. Guard Rodney Hood left Sunday's game with a knee injury. But just as they cut the lead to five midway through the third, they saw a key contributor go down.

The Nuggets led by as much as 17 points before the Blazers made their run. He also almost had a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Portland's starting backcourt of Damian Lillard and McCollum were big in Game 6, scoring 32 and 30 points, respectively. The Blazers were 0 for 9 on 3s in the first quarter and 1 for 5 in the second half. CJ McCollum is leading the team with 15 points, keeping the Blazers within striking distance. Denver also has been much strong from the line than Portland in the majority of the series and every point has been crucial in this series.

And yes, we do mean "quick".

Nikola Jokic had prettier games during this series than his Game 7 effort.

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