The Denver Nuggets face an almost insurmountable deficit against the Phoenix Suns.

Behind the combined 55 points of Chris Paul and Devin Booker, the Suns took a 3-0 lead over the Nuggets on Friday night.

The evening started off well for Nikola Jokic, who received his first MVP award, and delivered a speech to home fans. Unfortunately, this beautiful moment only lasted a few minutes, because once the game started, the Suns took control early.

Phoenix held a ten-point lead after the first quarter and a fourteen-point lead before the fourth. It felt like the Nuggets were fighting from behind all night, and they never really got to sway the momentum in their favor despite the home court advantage at the Ball Arena.

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A night of 30 points, 10 assists and 20 rebounds from Jokic was not enough to put the Nuggets on top. Jamal Murray’s loss for the season is finally showing up for a Denver side that had such high expectations going into the season.

With Murray leading the backcourt, who knows how far this Denver team could have gone? Now they are looking elimination in the face.

Even the simplest puns had to be done.

Denver has high hopes for next season, even if their 2021 campaign falls short of its ultimate goal. The Nuggets remain young and, with Jokic and Murray both under 30 and under contract for the foreseeable future. There is no reason that they will not be in this position again next year.

However, that doesn’t make it easier for Nuggets fans at the moment. Keep calm, Denver. Your time is coming.