Game 1 of the NBA Finals is officially in the books, with the Miami Heat unable to get the best or even really compete with Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets.
The Nuggets came out firing on all cylinders on Thursday night in Denver, with Jokic leading the team to an 11-point win while recording a triple-double.
Denver imposed its will in Game 1 and made a lot of people question whether the Heat can contend against such a well-oiled machine in this seven-game series.
Obviously, with the Heat defying the odds throughout the entire NBA playoffs thus far, Miami can’t be counted out yet, as they could easily bounce back with a win in Game 2 to even the series at one game apiece.
Another thing going the Heat’s way moving forward is the fact that in all three championship runs for Miami, the team never won Game 1 of the series, via NBA on ESPN.
Don't count out the Heat just yet 👀
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Game 2 of the Finals will get underway on Sunday in the Mile High City, with the Heat already having their backs against the wall and needing a win before heading back to Miami for Game 3 and Game 4.
With how resilient Miami has been throughout the postseason, the Heat winning Game 2 is a very real possibility, even though the Nuggets clearly look like the better all-around team so far in this series, with the best player leading the way in Jokic.NEXT: Analyst Reveals His Top-5 Reasons Why The Heat Are Finished