The San Antonio Spurs were able to take a 2-1 series lead over the Denver Nuggets thanks to a breakout performance by point guard Derrick White. Nuggets guard Gary Harris indicates that the team may have felt a bit slighted by his outing.
The Nuggets simply had no answer for White's ability to get to the bucket. According to Mike Singer of The Denver Post, Harris says the whole team took his monster performance personally:
“I think we all did. Not just Jamal. It just wasn’t on him. It was on all of us. I think we’re all going to take it personally.”
There is plenty for Denver to take issue with here, but it is a bit perplexing that it was White's spectacular outing that suddenly has the team on edge. He has been eviscerating them throughout the entire series with 22.5 points per game on 72.5 percent true shooting.
Of course, it was likely accelerated by the fact that White simply had no mercy on them in Game 3. The Spurs were able to expose the Nuggets' porous defense all night by attacking the basket. The 24-year-old led the charge by making his way through every defender they had on him en route to 36 points on 15-of-21 shooting.
San Antonio has managed to swing the home-court advantage in its favor with its two wins. More importantly, the Spurs have seemingly managed to get in Denver's heads with White's stellar performance. It will be interesting to see if the Nuggets can find a way to contain him moving forward.