NBA Playoffs 2022: Live Updates; Warriors win in 5

April 28, 2022 at 01:17 EDT

Nikola Jokic had hamstring strain

Nikola Jokic had hamstring strain before Game 5, Nuggets coach Mike Malone said. Jokic played and appeared to be injured during the game as well. He was still 30-19-8 and nearly sent the series back to Denver.

“I just don’t understand people who find a way to criticize Nikola Jokic,” Malone said. “Is he perfect? ​​No. I’m not saying he is, but this guy is the definition of a warrior.”

Mike Vorkunov·

Staff Writer, NBA and Basketball Business Writer

April 28, 2022 at 00:38 EDT

Nikola Jokic’s incredible effort

Nikola Jokic with an all-time game, even in defeat. He had 30 points/19 rebounds/8 assists. It’s only been done 10 times in playoff history. The second time Jokic has done it. Kareem did it twice. Wilt did it twice. Elgin Baylor did it twice. Barkley and Oscar also did.

Mike Vorkunov

Mike Vorkunov·

Staff Writer, NBA and Basketball Business Writer

April 28, 2022 at 00:34 EDT

Warriors win in 5

Steph Curry with 16, 34, 27, 33 and 30 points in this series. He started with a strict minute limit, hadn’t played in a month, came off the bench the first four games, looked rusty for about a half and looked like him the rest of the series. Closed the Nuggets.

Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

April 28, 2022 at 00:32 EDT

Warriors attacking the rim

The Warriors waited until the end to do so, but the game changed when they decided to attack the rim. Steph Curry stopped relying on 3-pointers and the Warriors put Jokic (and Cousins) in the pick-and-roll. And when Denver tried to pre-switch to get away with it, the Warriors were undeterred

Marcus Thompson II

Marcus Thompson II·

Senior Columnist, Bay Area

April 28, 2022 at 00:29 EDT

Playoff Steph (Warriors 99, Nuggets 94)

Steph Curry hits the Nuggets defense for this massive layup, making it a two possession game.

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April 28, 2022 at 00:26 EDT

Closing time (Warriors 94, Nuggets 90)

The Warriors lead by four with 1:33 remaining.

Golden State one second-round win away.

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April 28, 2022 at 00:17 EDT

Jokic struggles to change direction

It looks like Jokic is struggling to change direction. He’s moving up and down the pitch but not moving sideways much at the moment.

Mike Vorkunov

Mike Vorkunov·

Staff Writer, NBA and Basketball Business Writer

April 28, 2022 at 12:10 a.m. EDT

Nonjok nuggets

Sounds like a fitting stretch for the Nuggets right now.

Nikola Jokic carried the team through the season and people lamented how weak his supporting cast was to make him an MVP case and now these non-Jokic Nuggets have to keep the team afloat long enough until that he can come back with 5 fouls and what could be an injury.

Mike Vorkunov

Mike Vorkunov·

Staff Writer, NBA and Basketball Business Writer

April 28, 2022 at 00:07 EDT

Poole 5 fouls (Nuggets 84, Warriors 83)

Five faults and only eight points for Jordan Poole. Those last two were two of his worst games since February.

Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

April 28, 2022 at 00:06 EDT

Jokic foul issue

Nikola Jokic has five fouls.

There are 8:19 left in the fourth quarter.

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April 27, 2022 at 11:57 p.m. EDT

Boogie Nugget Land

DeMarcus Cousins ​​absolutely killed the Warriors. He has 15 points out of 6 for 9 and is +6.

Marcus Thompson II

Marcus Thompson II·

Senior Columnist, Bay Area

April 27, 2022 at 11:55 p.m. EDT

Jokic on the bench

Looks like the Warriors really need to take advantage of those minutes Jokic is on the bench but they haven’t done so yet. Denver is +4 in the 3+ minutes it has been out, extending its lead.

Mike Vorkunov

Mike Vorkunov·

Staff Writer, NBA and Basketball Business Writer

April 27, 2022 at 11:54 p.m. EDT

The nuggets surpass the warriors on the glass

Fourteen offensive rebounds for the Nuggets. Mauling the Warriors on the glass at the end of this third quarter.

Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

April 27, 2022 at 11:50 p.m. EDT

Jokic on the pace for a triple-double

Nikola Jokic is on pace for a game of 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists.

We still have a quarter to play.

Damon Sayles

Damon Sayles·

Managing Editor, NBA

April 27, 2022 at 11:43 p.m. EDT

Increased Nuggets (Nuggets 66, Warriors 60)

The Warriors lit up the Nuggets late in the 2nd and early in the 3rd in Games 1 and 2, but now Denver is the big winner this quarter. They’re up 10 on the Warriors and Golden State looks outdated.

Mike Vorkunov

Mike Vorkunov·

Staff Writer, NBA and Basketball Business Writer

April 27, 2022 at 11:37 p.m. EDT

Warriors small range in the negative

That’s a +1 to open the first half, -6 to open the second half for this small starting lineup. Steve Kerr rushed back to Kevon Looney both times. He enters after this dead time.

Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

April 27, 2022 at 11:18 p.m. EDT

Nuggets defense in the first half

The Nuggets held the Warriors to just 100 points per 100 possessions; The Warriors were at 125.4 through the first four games.

They mistreated them on the boards (29-19 advantage) and have twice as many second chance points. This game is tied, but the Nuggets have a strong case for winning the streak so far tonight.

Mike Vorkunov

Mike Vorkunov·

Staff Writer, NBA and Basketball Business Writer

April 27, 2022 at 11:16 p.m. EDT

Nuggets keeping it close

Denver is holding up pretty well for two quarters. Tied up on the road. They turned it over nine times and they drove in just three Warriors runs.

They should be ahead if they made more than 13 of 20 free throw attempts.

Marcus Thompson II

Marcus Thompson II·

Senior Columnist, Bay Area

April 27, 2022 at 11:15 p.m. EDT

The Warriors are tied 48-48 with the Nuggets at halftime

The Warriors are tied with the Nuggets at halftime:

-Only scored 18 points in the second quarter

-Jordan Poole 14 mins, long rest 2Q

– Thirteen team fouls

-Steph 2/6 of 3, Klay 1/4, Poole 1/3

-Draymond 1/6 overall, missed a few open chances on the short roll

Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater·

Senior Writer, Warriors

April 27, 2022 at 11:01 p.m. EDT

Rotation of warriors at 9

The Warriors started this series with a 10-man rotation that didn’t include Jonathan Kuminga. He is now the ninth man in a nine-man rotation. Iguodala injured, Bjelica getting a DNP in the first half. Alley oop to Kuminga from Draymond on his first possession.

Anthony Slater

Anthony Slater·

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