The Los Angeles Lakers completed another “gentleman’s sweep” on Saturday night, beating the Houston Rockets 4-1 in the Western Conference semifinals. In a shocking turn of events, the Denver Nuggets — yes, the Denver Nuggets — will be facing the Lakers in the 2020 Western Conference Finals after one of the all-time failures in the postseason by the Los Angeles Clippers. The Nuggets came back from being down 3-1 (for the second series in a row) to beat the Clippers on Tuesday night in a Game 7 where the Clippers collapsed in the 4th quarter. The terrible 4th quarter was led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George who combined to score ZERO points in the final frame.
Lakers fans will get a couple of more days to talk smack to Clippers fans (if there are any), but then they will have to get ready for the Lakers and Nuggets. The series should shape up to be a great one if Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray continue their great play, as they’ve arguably been the best duo in these NBA playoffs aside from LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Here’s the schedule of the series that will start Friday night (first reported by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports):
Game 1 – Friday, September 18th (Home) – 6:00 p.m. PST
Game 2 – Sunday, September 20th (Home) – 4:30 p.m. PST
Game 3 – Tuesday, September 22nd (AWAY) – 6:00 p.m. PST
Game 4 – Thursday, September 24th (AWAY) – 6:00 p.m. PST
Game 5 – Saturday, September 26th (Home) – 6:00 p.m. PST
Game 6 – Monday, September 28th (AWAY) – Time TBD
Game 7 – Wednesday, September 30th (Home) – Time TBD
All games televised on TNT
The Los Angeles Lakers will look to advance to their first NBA Finals since 2010, while it’ll be the Denver Nuggets’ first conference finals appearance since 2009. They ran into the Lakers as well that year, in a matchup between Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony in the primes of their careers. The Denver Nuggets have never made the NBA Finals (they reached the Finals of the ABA in the 1975-76 season.
We will see you Friday evening! Go Lakers!