Spurs Guard Derrick White shines in first National Basketball Association playoff start

Analyzing Nuggets’ Potential Playoff Seeding on The Final Night of The Regular Season

That set up a first-round playoff series with the seventh-seeded San Antonio Spurs, instead of sixth-seeded Oklahoma City. The Spurs have DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge and legendary head coach Gregg Popovich.

With the Spurs' 101-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, Popovich became the all-time winningest coach in National Basketball Association history, regular and postseason combined. "We've just got to play better and be a little more patient in what we're doing, make better plays", he said. It was the kind of dominant defensive performance that gives the Rockets, a historically elite offensive team, confidence that they are legitimate title contenders.

While the Jazz struggled, the Rockets hit their season averages and then some. Malone said he would take that same shot from Murray to win the game again.

Two other bright spots was the play of Gary Harris and Will Barton.

Mitchell on moving on after the blowout loss: "Honestly we could have won this game by 90 or lost this game by 90. for us it's just about making adjustments and not overreacting to what happened". Rudy Gobert is adding 15.9 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest.

The Rockets are 0-6 ATS in their last six games playing on 3 days of rest or more, but they are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight conference games. The Rockets' aggressive defense had snuffed out every action the Jazz attempted on the possession.

The double team was only effective because the Nuggets kept missing wide open shots which only encouraged the Spurs to keep doubling Jokic.

The Nuggets will look to create more memorable moments when they kick-off the 2019 playoffs against the Spurs on Saturday. The Spurs did not allow a single fast-break point, but ultimately it came down to shots not falling. Despite the margin of victory, the Jazz cut the lead to 4 and 5 points on two separate occasions, but a big fourth quarter and stifling defense resulted in a Rockets win.

The Nuggets made a strong push in the third quarter by holding the Spurs to just 13 points.

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Sputtering into the postseason was no way for the Denver Nuggets to end their six-year playoff drought.

For as bad as the Nuggets played, this was a game that the Nuggets should have won.

Just as homecourt advantage can easily be taken away, Denver will eventually have the opportunity to earn it right back with a win in San Antonio.

There is also is the fact that Denver had an atrocious shooting night from the 3-point line going 6-28 from beyond the arc.

They had a few rim-shattering dunks and 3-point makes, proving to be a huge spark off the bench for the Rockets. They contested shots, limited Aldridge and DeRozan's production, and made the extra pass for open shots.

However, they did comeback by having a 9-game winning streak beating opponents with Denver being a part of that list of those defeated.

Denver typically responds well in these types of situations.

Derrick White saw an opening, rose up and threw down a thunderous one-handed dunk all over Paul Millsap that shook the Pepsi Center in the third quarter Saturday.

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