Between the numerous injuries and bets, the Nuggets’ season was chaotic and generally disappointing.
But the bottom may have been reached last night, during the loss on the floor of the Clippers. While they had a comfortable lead of 25 points in the third quarter, the Nuggets then collapsed, leaving their opponents to come back, until achieving the perfect “comeback” to win.
Disgusted by this collective collapse in the post-match press conference, Denver coach Mike Malone did not go out of his way to express his disappointment. ” We have a very good player who we fail to give the ball to » he cursed, in reference to the difficulties of his players to serve Nikola Jokic, who finished the game with “only” 21 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. ” Some of our guys seemed a little nervous, they got under pressure. »
“I think NBA players today are more concerned with their night, where are they going to hang out”
An observation that the Clipper Reggie Jackson, for his part, took pleasure in confirming : “ By the way we were opposing Jokic, holding the ball away, you could feel that they were starting to get nervous, they were getting annoyed and taking shots they didn’t like. »
Then asked about the state of mind of his players after such a defeat, Mike Malone took out the sulfateuse.
Michael Malone after Nuggets blow 25-point lead in 87-85 loss to Clippers in LA: “Losses like this keep me awake for weeks. I think today’s NBA player, they’re worrying about where they’re going out tonight.” pic.twitter.com/qRbyfHJVHP
—Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) January 12, 2022
” This kind of defeat keeps me awake for weeks. I think NBA players today are more concerned with their night out, where are they going to hang out… »
Still positive from a narrow victory (20-19), the Nuggets will try to get off to a good start on Wednesday on their floor, when the Blazers receive an Anfernee Simons who will have to be watched very closely.
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