Gobert had a super efficient (8-of-10 shooting) double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, but the same can't be said for Mitchell, who put up 19 on 7-of-18 shooting from the field (38.9 percent) while recording zero assists.
The Nuggets were hoping for a game-tying 3 although they were just 6 of 28 from long range. "He got a lot of shots for a lot of players, rebounding and also scored a little bit".
Once Murray and Gary Harris began to heat up down the stretch, it seemed the promising backcourt and a raucous crowd that had been pretty silent all game would propel the Nuggets to a Game One comeback victory that could easily deject a Spurs team that had fought so hard just to see the game lost with a few minutes remaining. So our work is not done with him. More importantly, he didn't really seem part of the action to his normal degree until later in the game when things were already out of hand. Obviously, he had 10 points, [but] he is not always going to score 10 points.
Getting increasingly anxious for Kyle Korver's status, not only in Game 1, but throughout this series.
Nikola Jokic overcame suffocating double teams to become the fourth player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double in his playoff debut and the first since LeBron James in 2006.
"We didn't let Jokic play as he wanted and they didn't let LaMarcus play as much as he wanted", Popovich said.
The headlines in the paper and talking heads on television will elude to how the young supporting cast of the Spurs, led by Derrick White and Bryn Forbes, led the charge that allowed the San Antonio Spurs to steal Game 1 on the road and they're right.
They never got the chance, though, as White, a second-year pro who moved into a bigger role when Dejounte Murray got hurt in the preseason, stripped Murray and drew the foul, then sank both shots. Give them credit: They did a helluva job.
DeRozan powered the Spurs with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Sunday's total opened at 219 points, and the sharps jumped on that right away, driving it down as low as 213.5 as we go to press. "So it was just a matter of adjusting and continuing to communicate with the guys of what spots they needed to be in".
LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 15 points in Game 1, knows not only that he will face double-teams from the Nuggets again but also that he and the Spurs will see new wrinkles to get Jokic open on the other end of the floor. "They're both great players, and they're going to continue to get a lot of attention throughout the series, I'm sure". The Nuggets must find a way to get Nikola Jokic more involved in the offense before the Spurs double team him. "I think I'll be ready for it".
Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he didn't wish his All-Star had taken more shots. Their last lead came with four minutes left in the first quarter but they trimmed a 12-point deficit to one in the closing minutes. The Nuggets want to dictate the pace of the game more than in Game 1, which was played at San Antonio's tempo.
Denver: The Nuggets are 6-21 against the Spurs in the playoffs.