The Golden State Warriors’ performance in their first three playoff games usurped the Phoenix Suns as the best team in the Western Conference, according to Stephen A. Smith:

“When I look at Memphis there are question marks there, when I look at the Phoenix Suns there are injury issues there. The Golden State Warriors are the team coming in, and at the moment nba basketball right now, when the game is called softer and guard play is the dominant factor, show me someone who can handle those three.”

Smith then spoke about the shooting prowess of the team, led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole:

“Lethal Weapon 3! We’ve got Steph, we’ve got Klay, we’ve got Jordan Poole, ball handlers, long range snipers who don’t miss at the free throw line, two 92%+ shooters. You have a third hovering. about 90%. These brothers are coming!”

The Warriors earned their third straight win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday with a 118-113 win. Jordan Poole scored 27 points while shooting 69.2 percent from the field. Klay Thompson scored 26 points while shooting 46.2 percent from the three-point line, and Stephen Curry contributed with 27 points off the bench in the winning effort.

Game 4 will be played in Denver with the series going back and forth between San Francisco and Denver for Games 5, 6 and 7.

Can the Denver Nuggets pull off a win over the Golden State Warriors?

Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets – Game 3
Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets – Game 3

On their current trajectory, the Golden State Warriors are on track to sweep the Denver Nuggets in the first round and advance to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2019.

However, unlike the first two games at Chase Center, Game 3 in Denver was a hard-fought victory for Golden State, after the Nuggets rallied from a ten-point halftime deficit to close out the third quarter. up two. Last-minute heroics from Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole and Draymond Green pushed the Warriors past Denver, but Thursday’s game was the first time in the series that Denver had struggled on the court.

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone highlighted his team’s efforts during the post-game press conference and was proud his team put up a fight. He also said they plan to do the same on Sunday.

The silver lining for the Nuggets in Game 3 will be the performance of Aaron Gordon, DeMarcus Cousins ​​and Will Barton, who through their efforts, at least, gave Denver a fighting chance in the third and fourth quarters. If a similar or better effort is put on the Denver field, hopefully they could get at least one win in this series.

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