20-Second Timeout: Team Effort Important
The Denver Nuggets have played better than any team in the NBA since the All-Star break and have found a new cohesion and direction under veteran coach George Karl, a former Spurs player and assistant, who took over an underachieving team in late January.
The Spurs had to deal with injuries to key personnel down the homestretch of the regular season, and haven't entered the postseason with the same kind of momentum we've seen in recent years. The Spurs, however, are deep and experienced, and they will have to rely on some of that savvy to slow down the Nuggets, who like to get up and down the floor as if they were playing in the old ABA.
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Knocking off the Nuggets will take a complete team effort, and the Spurs are poised for the challenge.