Portland Trail Blazers Advance To First Western Conference Finals Since 2000

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The Nuggets will go into the offseason with the bitter taste of not being able to get to the Western Conference finals despite being up 3-2 with Game 7 on their home floor.

Which team will punch its ticket to the Western Conference Finals when the Denver Nuggets host the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 7 of their series today at 3:30PM ET? "So yeah, I missed those free throws near the end, and in the Portland game we went to four overtimes, I missed a lot of other shots, and I'm supposed to make some of those". While it's not as if the two brothers are going to square off against one another the way Kevin Durant and LeBron James would, the storyline is still a great one.

Nuggets: Averaging 110.2 points, 47.5 rebounds, 24.7 assists, 6.1 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field. The team beat the Denver Nuggets in Denver Sunday afternoon.

Jamal Murray with a huge step-back jumper to make it a one-point game with just 30 seconds remaining!

The Trail Blazers cut the Nuggets' 17-point lead to one possession, but an and-1 finish from Torrey Craig regains some momentum for Denver.

Rodney Hood, whom Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he was most anxious about heading into Game 7, injured his left knee in the third quarter and left the game.

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The Nuggets finished last in the Northwest Division last season despite a 46-36 record, while the Blazers finished first at 49-33.

Playing 23 minutes in Game 7 while Al-Farouq Aminu was riding the pine, Collins didn't put up a ton of points. Since 2005, teams that won Game 6 have gone 20-25 straight up and 23-22 against the spread in Game 7. From out of the playoffs to a No. 2 seed, the Nuggets simply ran into an opponent that had more playoff experience-and more playoff heartbreak.

Denver: The Nuggets missed all five of their 3-pointers in the second quarter and they were 12 of 19 from the free throw line in the first half. CJ McCollum is leading the team with 15 points, keeping the Blazers within striking distance.

Nikola Jokic is already up to eight points and Gary Harris has chipped in seven. Give me the points for insurance, but I like Portland to advance. Count down our picks for the twenty most memorable tweets about the loss to see what we mean.

Nikola Jokic had prettier games during this series than his Game 7 effort.

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