Just hours after this writing, the Denver Nuggets will look to take the final step toward winning their first-ever world championship when they host the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
It will be a landmark event in Colorado sports history, as the Nuggets have never gotten this far ever since entering the league in 1976 following the merger with the American Basketball Association (ABA).
The team posted a photo on their official Twitter account to get their fans ready for the start of the championship series.
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— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) June 1, 2023
For the last few years, the Nuggets have been a very good team, when healthy, centered around the talents of two-time MVP Nikola Jokic and guard Jamal Murray.
They reached the Western Conference Finals in 2020 and lost to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers, and their future seemed bright, but they lost Murray to a torn ACL the following spring.
The injury torpedoed two consecutive postseasons for Denver, but this year, everything has seemingly come together for them.
Although Jokic missed out on winning a third straight regular-season MVP, he nearly averaged a triple-double, and he got some additional help in the form of guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Bruce Brown.
Even after the Nuggets finished with the best record in the Western Conference, many still weren’t sure that they were the best team in the conference, let alone in the league.
But now they find themselves strong favorites against the Heat.
The Nuggets will look to join the Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche as the latest team from the market to win a world championship in a major American team sport.NEXT: Nikola Jokic Makes His Thoughts Clear About Calling The Nuggets The Favorites