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In his first season with the Nuggets, point guard Andre Miller has helped Denver reach the Playoffs in the West. Send Andre a question via e-mail and we'll post his answers to the best questions at least once for each round of the Playoffs the Nuggets reach.
Miller answered your first round of questions on Friday, April 23:
Q: Andre, how do you lead your team past the excitement of a playoff berth to
making them believe they can win the series?
-- Kevin (Chicago)
Miller: We just talk about staying focused and positive and taking each game one at a time. I know the games will be played at a much higher level, and we need to step it up, but it's not something we should be focusing on or worrying about. We need to just play our game and play like we've played all year long.
Q: Dear Andre, Are you feeling nervous headed into the playoffs? How does it
feel to make it in the playoffs for the first time in your career?
-- Danny (Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Miller: I wasn't nervous about being in the playoffs, just excited. This is what it's all about, and throughout my career I'd been sitting at home watching on T.V. Now I'm a part of it and it feels great.
Q: Who is your all-time favorite NBA player?
-- Bri (N.D.)
Miller: Oh that's easy, Magic, Magic Johnson, he's my guy. I'm an L.A. guy, so I gotta stick with the hometown guys. Magic, during the Showtime Era, there was nobody better. He's a great all-around point guard.
Q: What do you find is the most difficult thing to adjust to in this series?
-- Leon (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Miller: Well, it's difficult now because we are down 2-0. We are coming back home, where I think things will change, but we need to step it up and take care of business on our court. Besides that, it's been the days off in between games. We have two days between games, which is making this series long. I'd rather play every other day. Too much time on our hands, especially on the road, and especially after a loss. After a loss, I always want to play again as soon as we can.
Q: Throughout your career, who was your toughest opponent?
-- Donny (Millbrae, Calif.)
Miller: Any point guard worth his grain of salt who brings it night in and night out, which is most guards in the NBA. I can't single anyone out, because there are a number of tough players out there. You have to be ready every game for every player. It's the NBA, there are no nights off.
Q: What will you do differently to ensure Cassell does not drop 40 again?
-- Andy (Denver, Colo.)
Miller: Oh, that won't happen again, he won't do that. Sam's a great player, and that was one of those nights where everything was going for him, but I know if he gets on a roll again in a game, we will do everything we can to stop him.
Q: How has the morale and team spirit been boosted by the chance to prove
yourselves within the Western Conference this year, coming from behind for
-- Michelle (Chico, Calif.)
Miller: I think it has changed a lot. There are a lot of new guys here, but to see how the organization and fans have become so excited about us making the playoffs, it's been great to watch. And for me personally, it's absolutely fantastic to finally be playing in the postseason. This team has been laughed at for awhile, so it's nice to know that you are a part of bringing the team success.