A buen paso / A good step | ESP-ENG
A BUEN PASO / A GOOD STEP
After watching the development of the second game of the series of this conference final in the ''west'' between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers, we realize that Denver is serious, and their team performance is very well structured, based on having several elements on the court as reliable alternatives to attack the rim before their rivals, a defensive adjustment of the Lakers was not enough to contain them and they have pulled out a game after being at a disadvantage in many moments of the game, For this they have relied again on their top player Nikola Jokic, who stood out with his performance, having also a phenomenal support from Jamal Murray, who was the one who finished pushing these Nuggets with his triples in the last quarter, to a tight but clear victory over the team from Los Angeles 108 to 103, taking additionally a very important advantage of 2-0 in this series.
AJUSTES / SETTINGS
For this game, the Lakers team was forced to do something to contain these Nuggets, who in the first game were imposing, for this, they adjusted in defense and managed to make the home team (Nuggets) fail in many opportunities, They took the lead for many moments of the game, which indicated that they would be the ones who would take this second game, a great work of Anthony Davis, Rui Hachimura and Jarret Vanderbilt on Nikola Jokic made this diminish their performance, which worked just until the third quarter.
One of the things that the Angelino team had in this second clash, was that their other attacking elements did appear from the beginning, Austin Reaves made several baskets in the first half, but something happened that combined and ultimately was one of the things that influenced the end, an offensive slump of LeBron James who was very intermittent and his presence on the court was not being beneficial in terms of points, and his team's dominance against the Nuggets could have been wider, leaving open the possibility of a response from the home team that eventually ended up arriving.
ENFOQUE / FOCUS
Among the things that every basketball team must have is concentration and focus despite the circumstances, that is, not to lose that line you have as a quintet, because it is what will lead you to have the chance to get a victory, that was what Denver did, never lost their temper against the Lakers and it was in the 3rd and 4th quarter, when that concentration not lost and always put in maintaining the adverse advantage, which led them to increase their chances of getting on the scoreboard and then get the victory.
This is only done by the teams that finally achieve a championship, and of these 4 teams that are still alive in these conference finals in both the ''east'' and ''west'' only the Miami Heat and these Denver Nuggets meet these characteristics, they don't get upset before the rival as the famous popular saying goes, and they make us see from long before, that they are the right ones to win the championship, there is still a long way to go in these finals, but with these attributes it is very difficult for both Lakers and Celtics, to achieve something important to beat them and be able to advance.
DETERMINANTE / DETERMINANT
Determinant is the word that is used when something or someone had to do with the development or final result of something specific, in this case, in sports especially in basketball, there were two things that ended up influencing the scoreboard to finally move, how would this be? Yes, 2 variants that led the Nuggets to get the win, one of them was the entry into the scene of Jamal Murray, this talented player made around 5 three pointers from different areas in front of the hoop, which were that extra something of the victory, five moments that determined a difference with respect to the Lakers in that last quarter.
The other thing was something that if you want was an incomplete task, towards the end of the game there were several interventions by the Los Angeles team on the defensive side that did not end in points, that is, they managed to take the ball away from the Nuggets but they did not score the points, taking advantage of this the home team to take a second chance at that moment and then score the final points that led them to stay with this second game, It was something that meant a lot and was too decisive because the result could have been different, what would have happened if the Lakers had scored those points after those steals or interceptions, we will never know, there is a pending task for the purple and yellow team if they want to get back into the context of this series.
HASTA LA PRÓXIMA / SEE YOU NEXT TIME