Nuggets Relying on Energy Against Lakers
“I was really timid in the first two games,” (JaVale) McGee said. “I wanted to be extremely aggressive in this game.”
That was the story of this game. The young Nuggets finally reached the necessary level of aggression. The Lakers didn’t respond in kind.
Ever since the Lakers dominated the opener, Denver coach George Karl has been lamenting his team’s lack of playoff-level output in that game. He spent much of the subsequent time talking about the intensity required this time of year, and was at it again Friday.
“When we win,” a confident Karl said before the game, “Game 4 is going to have to take more energy than Game 3. Game 5 is going to take more energy than Game 4. You have no idea how it happens, but it’s more. It’s always more.”
It will take more from the Nuggets only if the Lakers decide to put more into it themselves. They played the first half of Game 3 as if it were February and they were about to head into the All-Star break.