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Analyst Says 1 NBA Playoff Team Got A Needed ‘Wake-Up Call’

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Many people have felt all season long that the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets have been the favorite to reach the NBA Finals, if not win the world title once again.

However, they were up-ended in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Minnesota Timberwolves, 106-99, and they now face a virtual must-win situation at home in Game 2.

Kevin Wildes said on FS1’s “First Things First” that while he’s not too concerned about the Nuggets, he said they got a “needed wake-up call” in Game 1.

"It was a needed wake-up call."

— @kevinwildes isn't worried about the Nuggets after a Game 1 loss to the Timberwolves: pic.twitter.com/3p9lpbLjXh

— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) May 6, 2024

One concerning trend Wildes pointed out is the fact that in each of their six playoff games thus far, Denver has fallen behind by a sizable margin.

On Saturday in Game 1, they promptly trailed 18-4, and although they came back to take the lead by the end of the first quarter, they found themselves playing from behind for almost all of the fourth quarter.

Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards scored 43 points, with a dozen of them coming in the fourth quarter, and he will be a big problem for the Nuggets moving forward.

It is common for the defending champs in any team sport to have at least a touch of complacency, but it is the one thing that prevents teams from winning back-to-back rings more than anything else.

The Nuggets will need a greater sense of urgency if they are to get back on track toward earning another Larry O’Brien Trophy, and they will also need more production from guard Jamal Murray.

Murray normally ups his game in the postseason, but on Saturday, he mustered just 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting.

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