/The Nuggets insist on a Game 7 because the Utah Jazz offense faded after losing Game 6

The Nuggets insist on a Game 7 because the Utah Jazz offense faded after losing Game 6

Kissimmi, Fla. – There were two chances to send Nuggets to the Western Conference semifinals from the Utah Jazz bubble to Denver and the coast. Instead the Jazz and Nuggets will face a win-go-home game on Tuesday.

If the Jazz could fully blame their Game 6 on the Hungry and Desperate Nuggets team, swallowing might be an easier pill, but they can’t.

No doubt about it, the Nuggets played exactly what an Elimination game needed. As a team, Arena literally shed blood, sweat and tears on the court, winning 119-107 games 50 points behind Denver’s Jamal Murray. Jazz? After the capture, they shoot themselves in the leg and if they find out who is to blame for Sunday’s loss, they don’t need to look in the mirror anymore.

Donvan Mitchell said the Jazz weren’t down, but they were upset. “If we’re down now, we’ve already lost 7 games. We can do anything to win this game.”

Let’s rewind to Game 2, Jazz played the most complete and best game so far in this series, or even Game 3, which Jazz won in a drastic way. The reason these games seemed so effortless and effective was because after Game 1, where Mitchell got 57 points and the Jazz was still short, the Jazz moved away from an isolated-heavy game and played the ball at the pick. Defend the weak nuggets if you can’t recover from the eclipse – give people and punish.

After the first quarter there was very little of this ball movement or pick-and-roll action from the Jazz, already Murray was getting it whenever he wanted.

“We stopped going the way we were going in the first type of quarter, and it made everything harder on us,” Rudy Gobert said after the game. “I really think our offense affected our defense and they have to play through the defense and be able to keep the ball going for 48 minutes.”

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  • Denver Nuggets’ Nicola Jokic, 15, fouled Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert in the NBA basketball first-round playoff game on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at Buena Vista, Fla Lake. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Jamal Murray (2) of Denver Nuggets and Rudy Gobert, left, Bena Vista, arrive at the flat on Sunday, August 30, 2020, during the first half of a NBA basketball first-round play-off. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Utah Jazz head coach Queen Snyder watches the first round of NBA basketball first-round playoffs on Sunday, August 30, 2020, against the Denver Nuggets, at Buena Vista, Fla Lake, AP (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Donvan Mitchell, 45, of Utah Jazz, advanced to the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, 15, as a defender during the first half of the NBA basketball first-round play-off on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Buena Vista in Fla Lake. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Buenna Vista, Fla., On Sunday, August 30, 20, 20, in the second half of the NBA basketball first-round play-off play to the left of Denver Nuggets’ Jerami Grant and Paul Millsap to the right to take a shot of Donvan Mitchell of the St. Utah Jazz. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone, center, spoke with Terry Craig, 3, as he returned to court after Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert suffered an elbow injury during the second half of Sunday’s NBA basketball first-round playoff game. August 30, 2020, at Lake Buena Vista, Flat. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Terry Craig (3) of Denver Nuggets and Mike Conley of Utah Jazz for a loose ball during the second half of the first round of NBA basketball playoffs on Sunday, August 30, 2020, in Buena Vista, Lake, Flat, Lake, on Sunday, August 30, 2020.

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  • Donvan Mitchell, 45, of Utah Jazz, tries to drive near Denver Nuggets Jamal Murray during the second half of the first round of the NABA basketball first-round play on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Buena Vista, Fla Lake. (AP Photo / Ashley Land)

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  • Nicola Jokic, 15, of Denver Nuggets, and Rudy Gobert, 2, of Utah Jazz, reached Tipf in the first half of the NBA Basketball First Round Pool of Game on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at Lake Buena Vista, Flat. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (227) fouled Denver Nuggets Monty Morris (11) in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at Buena Vista in Fla Lake. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert (227) kept the ball from Denver Nuggets’ Monty Morris (11) during the first half of the NBA basketball first-round play-off at Buena Vista, Lake Flat, on Sunday, August 30, 2020. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Donvan Mitchell, 45, of Utah Jazz, led the court during the first half of the NBA basketball first-round pole of game on Wednesday, August 30, 2020, at the Monty Morris (11) flat Buena Vista in Denver Nuggets, Lake. (AP) Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Nicola Djokic, 15, of Denver Nuggets, got up to give a shot to Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert in the first half of the NBA basketball first-round pole of the game on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at the Buena Vista flat on a flight. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Nikola Djokic, 15, of Denver Nuggets, puts the ball to UTA Jazz’s Georges Niang, 31, in the NBA basketball first-round playoff game on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at Buena Vista in Fla Lake. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Jamal Murray (2) of Denver Nuggets got up to give a shot against the Utah Jazz during the first half of an NBA basketball first-round play-off on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at Lake Buena Vista in Flat. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis))

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  • Denver Nuggets’ Paul Millsap (4) defends Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson on the right to take a shot, defending the first round of NBA basketball playoffs on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at Buena Vista, Fla., Buena Vista, Lake. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Utah Jazz’s Mike Conley (10) has taken Denver Nuggets’ Terry Craig (3) to court as a defender during the first half of the first round of the NBA Basketball Pool of Game on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at Lake Buena Vista in Flat. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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  • Denver Nuggets open with Jamal Murray (2) and Mason Plumley () at the Lake Buena Vista in Flat on Sunday, August 30, 2020, during the first half of the first round of the NBA Basketball play against the Utah Jazz. (AP Photo / Ashley Landis)

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The Nuggets knew they needed to rely on Murray and made no secret of how they planned to use him on Sunday night. The Denver Watchers played just under 21 in the 24th minute of the first half and scored 25 points, then doubled their production in the second half to finish the 43rd minute.

Murray easily weaved through the jazz defense, got his desired switches, the jazz chased him across the screen, made Royce O’Neill look like a defensive novice, and shot after shot after shot.

It wasn’t just with Moore that the Jazz defense got themselves into trouble in the first two quarters. There was a lack of rotation, assignment loss and effort across the board. The pairing is the fact that Nuggets is making a comeback from the hands of Gobert, when the Jazz fought from the free-throw line and it was a pretty ugly thing for the Utah side.

Following the game, jazz coach Quinn Snyder rightly said that the jazz defense needed to be more disciplined if they wanted to keep the series going, but the jazz wouldn’t last if they stuck to the hero-ball script.

If not for shooting above 50% on jazz from three in the first half, they would have been less than double digits in the interim. The most cost-effective grace was that Joe Ingles blocked a 3-point effort from Murray with a second left in the first half and Ingles closed the period with two free throws, cutting the Nuggets lead to just five. It was a great sequence but one of the very few throughout Game 6, and will end the production of Ingles for the night due to being scoreless without finishing with just five points in the second half.

“We’re determined to attack quickly and make quick decisions,” Snyder said. “We have come to trust each other.”

The jazz was such a convincing game 2 and 3 win that the jazz went stagnant and slow instead of relying on smooth passages and unhesitating quick decisions.

Murray and Nikola Jokic have to have great performances for the Nuggets to win. The two have won a series of 5 or more nuggets in each of these series. The Jazz, on the other hand, don’t need Mitchell to score 50-plus to win. They have offensive weapons to spread the scoring and they can do better when they do better as proof of Mitchell’s 30- and 20-point nights in the Mitchell 2 and 3 games.

Snyder said, “No matter what, we can’t ignore any of the opportunities and situations.” It’s a concerted effort. . “

The Jazz had two chances to finish the series and were not able to do so. Their last chance will come on Tuesday.