They call it the old man game and we who saw are not worthy. Andre Miller hit a jumper to put the Nuggets past the Warriors in game one of their opening round series and single handedly gave Denver a 1-0 and some serious momentum moving forward. Like the first game today, everything was tight the whole way through until Miller changed that with under 0:20 seconds left in the game.
The real loser in all of this is Warriors forward Draymond Green, who was tasked with guarding Miller one-on-one. We all wondered if it was something Green could do, and as we saw it’s clearly something he can’t. But while Green will take the heat for losing the Warriors the game, it was really anyone’s dual the while way through.
But for Denver, the win is epic. They enter the playoffs a team not a lot of people expected to do much, but are a team capable of serious damage in the postseason. Kenneth Faried was forced to sit due to an injury and all the hype was surrounding Steph Curry and the upstart Warriors who find themselves in position not many placed them in at the start of the season. But even without Faried, who is a budding superstar in a loaded Western Conference, the Nuggets were able to hold their own and keep up with the youthful and energetic Warriors team.
Something to watch moving forward which could shift momentum in the series, is an injury suffered by Warriors forward David Lee. Late in the game, Lee left with what some are fearing is a hip flexor. If Lee is lost of any duration of this series, that violently shifts the scales into Denver’s favor if they weren’t already there.
One thing is certain though. If this game is any indication as to how the rest of the series of the series will go, you’d better strap yourself in because there’s a whole lot going on in the Nuggets-Warriors series and you won’t want to miss any of it.