The Denver Nuggets are in the driver's seat in the NBA Finals following a 104-93 win against the Miami Heat in Game 1. Contrary to how the rest of the playoffs had gone, the Heat shooters were unable to find the bottom of the net. Given how good of a coach Erik Spoelstra is, it's safe to say he'll come up with some adjustments ahead of Game 2 to try and make this series competitive. But will that even matter considering how dominant the Nuggets have been this postseason? According to Nuggets star Jamal Murray, no it will not make a difference, Following Game 1, Murray gave his thoughts on what happens when the Nuggets are clicking on all cylinders as per Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports.
Jamal Murray postgame: “Once we play the way we play, it doesn’t really matter what the other team does.”
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) June 2, 2023
It's hard to argue with Jamal Murray's belief. The Nuggets were really only challenged once so far in the playoffs. That was against the Phoenix Suns who at one point had tied the series at two games apiece. Other than that, the Nuggets have consistently been the best team in throughout the playoffs losing only a combined one game so far outside of the Suns series.
Murray has done his part in making that dominance happen. Heading into Game 1, he had been averaging a playoff career-high 27.7 points per game, 5.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.7 steals with splits of 48 percent shooting from the field, 39.8 percent shooting from the three-point line and 92.5 percent shooting from the free-throw line.
Murray finished Game 1 of the NBA Finals with 26 points, six rebounds, ten assists and one steal.