‘S***, that’s LeBron – you can’t keep giving him life’: Nuggets’ Jeff Green insists Denver must seal NBA Finals spot in Game 4 against Lakers – or risk James being fired by LA is alive
- Nikola Jokic and Bruce Brown made similar comments about closing out the series
- LeBron James has never been swept in the postseason before reaching the Finals
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After going up 3-0 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night, several members of the Denver Nuggets expressed feelings of staying focused against one of the best players in the game.
No team has ever beaten LeBron James before the NBA Finals and not only does Denver have a chance to finally complete that milestone, but it’s also a chance for them to record the first series sweep in franchise history.
‘I mean, s*** that’s LeBron man,’ Nuggets veteran forward Jeff Green Sunday after the Nuggets watched a movie at their team hotel.
‘He’s done some amazing things over the last 20 years. For me, we need to end this.
‘I guess you can’t keep giving him life. The more life you give him, the more confidence he gains and the more confidence he instills in his teammates. So for me, it has to end [Monday].’
Nuggets forward Jeff Green says the team can’t let LAL star LeBron James gain confidence
Bruce Brown and Nikola Jokic expressed similar sentiments on keeping pressure on the Lakers
Green isn’t the only veteran member of the team who has expressed a desire to keep the pressure on the Lakers.
‘We want to give them hopelessness,’ said shooting guard Bruce Brown. ‘No self-confidence.’
‘I wouldn’t say I’m scared,’ said MVP candidate and superstar center Nikola Jokic.
‘But I’m worried because they have LeBron on the other side and he can do everything.’
Immediately after the game in his post-game interview, star point guard Jamal Murray also said: ‘Five more to go,’ in reference to getting the last win against LA before the team turns its attention to getting four winning the NBA Finals.
The Lakers don’t appear to be hiding from the possibility of being eliminated without getting a series win either.
‘It’s a real thing,’ Lakers coach Darvin Ham said of the Lakers being fired up to avoid a 4-0 finish to their season.
James has never been swept in a postseason series before the NBA Finals in his career
Lakers coach Darvin Ham admitted that avoiding the sweep works as fuel for the team
‘It’s a proud group, again, very competitive that cares and wants to go and put on a good show for our fans as well.’
Everyone will find out if LA can avoid going 4-0 on Monday night in Game 4.
‘We’re facing a hell of a ballclub, a talented group that’s very well coached,’ Ham said.
‘But we have things we can do too. All we have to do is focus on one game. We don’t need to be overwhelmed about the noise outside or the overall series. We only have to worry about one game, what exactly is in front of us.’