Magic Johnson: Heat lack the skill to compete with Nuggets.Paul Bakare
Nuggets coach Michael Malone is not one of those anticipating a crowning achievement. Malone’s plan over the weekend was to have his players ignore all media and keep their minds on the task at hand as if it were still significantly out of reach.
Nikola Jokic has nearly averaged a triple-double for the entire playoff run with 30.1 points, 13.3 rebounds and 9.8 assists. In the Finals, he has scored 30.8 points with 13.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists.
Aaron Gordon had his best game in a Nuggets uniform during Game 5 with 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting (3 of 4 from 3-point range). Jimmy Butler has averaged 21.8 points per game in the series, but his rebound and assist numbers have dropped.
The eighth-seeded team in the Eastern Conference doesn’t seem to have enough offense to keep up with the Nuggets. Bam Adebayo has averaged 22.3 points and 12.5 rebounds during the four games of the NBA Finals, but Miami has been held to 95 points or fewer in all three defeats.
Tyler Herro appears close to returning from a hand injury, but the shooting guard still has not contributed to the cause, leaving 20.1 points per game from the regular season on the bench. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the game in Denver will be a gnarly game for the competitors in the locker room.