"It is important because they are both great players and they are going to continue to get a lot of attention throughout the series".
It also mattered little to the San Antonio Spurs, who beat the Denver Nuggets 101-96 in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series Saturday night. "When you have two bigs that are so big for your team, it's going to be like that", Aldridge said. Every shot right now was like the end of the world.
"Never once did I think about pulling him from the lineup", Malone said.
Murray said seeing all the fans waving their playoff towels reminded him of his childhood dream of playing in front of a sold-out playoff crowd.
They had the ball with 6.9 seconds left and needed a 3 even though they were just 6 for 28 from the arc.
Good thing, too, because Murray, the goat in Game 1 after missing an open jumper and turning the ball over in the closing seconds, might have salvaged the Nuggets' season while going 8-for-9 in the fourth quarter.
Asked what adjustments he had in mind for Game 2, Malone said simply, "Make shots".
Thanks to Murray's fourth quarter, of course. "I was hot and I made a decision to pull up".
Malone said he was bursting with pride over Murray's phenomenal bounce-back. I believe in you. They surpassed that total in the first half alone. Really happy for Jamal and for him to step up and basically close the game out with his shot-making that he had down the stretch.
Jamal Murray was left to rue a huge missed chance in the dying seconds of the series opener, but he put those misses in the rearview mirror and erupted in the fourth.
The San Antonio Spurs can take complete control of this series with another win and a 2-0 lead.
Murray tried to set off the Pepsi Center at the start of Game 2 but missed what would have been a thunderous dunk early. "Now it's on us to go home and do what we need to do and understand if we take care of home like we've been doing all year, we can come back here with an opportunity. We understood it wasn't going to be a cakewalk".
Although Jokic pulled down 14 rebounds and dished out 14 assists, he took just nine shots, made four, and was limited to 10 points, less than half his regular season scoring average of 20.1. The San Antonio Spurs are allowing 21.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47 rebounds per game.
The Spurs are 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven following a win.
San Antonio will likely make some adjustments to prevent a late game surge in Game 3 at home.