What we do know is that if Durant is out, the series will fall into the hands of the dynamic backcourts of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for Golden State and Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum for Portland.
Portland: The Blazers didn't manage back-to-back buckets until McCollum hit two straight baskets to pull Portland to 39-26.
When the final whistle was called and the Western Conference semifinals were decided, there was an understandable deflated vibe at Pepsi Center. It showcased the growing young talents the team has in Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Malik Beasley and Monte Morris among others. Folks, that's a 13.3-percent make rate.
The younger Curry ranked third in the National Basketball Association in three-point percentage during the regular season at 45 percent.
Just an astonishing display of Game 7 jitters as shooters couldn't find their touch whatsoever.
According to oddsmakers, the Nuggets are the favorite at home today, as they are getting odds of -5.5 points against the Blazers.
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Denver: The Nuggets were 2-of-19 from beyond the arc and missed 11 free throws. Damian Lillard scored 32 points to help lead Portland to the victory and Nikola Jokic recorded 29 points in the loss for Denver.
And now the stage is set: Golden State vs. Portland.
"They were setting solid screens and they're coming off shooting practice shots and that's the last thing that we need if we want to have any chance to beat this team".
Curry was in fine form, scoring a game-high 36 points including making an impressive nine-of-15 from three-point range. Mason Plumlee and Will Barton each have two fouls for the Nuggets, and Paul Millsap has three.
One of the big reasons Portland was able to generate such a strong push in the second half is that Collins came alive.
Playing 23 minutes in Game 7 while Al-Farouq Aminu was riding the pine, Collins didn't put up a ton of points. That led Nikola Jokic (42) for the most in playoff action, while also leading the Western Conference with an average of 4.2 points per game on this shot type. He kept attacking the hoop and wasn't settling for his outside shot.
While Lillard shot just 3-of-17 in Game 7 and had a mostly inefficient series, McCollum helped carry the load and was especially productive down the stretch. After all, how many advantages does Portland have in the individual matchups?