Netease Sports reported on September 26:
In the Western Conference Finals, the Denver Nuggets are 1-3 behind Los Angeles
Malone said: "Obviously, we have already 2 times (1-3 behind), and we all responded. Frankly speaking, I think the Clippers won the championship in the second round against the Los Angeles Clippers. The biggest favorite team is more popular than the Lakers. Of course, the Clippers are a great team and the Lakers are also a great team."
Speaking of three consecutive 1-3 lags, Malone said with a smile: "I think people outside may think that this is exactly what we want. No, we prefer a 3-1 lead, but the truth is That's it."
In the first round of the playoffs, the Nuggets reversed and defeated the Utah Jazz after 1-3 behind. In the second round of the playoffs, the Nuggets reversed and defeated the Los Angeles Clippers after 1-3 behind. Now, the Nuggets are once again facing such a desperate situation. Malone hopes that the Nuggets players will at least have their best performance in Game 5 of the series. It is worth mentioning that the Nuggets have won the final victory in the past six games facing elimination, which can be described as very resilient.
Malone complained about the referee's whistleblowing problem after the game yesterday and said that he would follow the Lakers' example in sending some Nuggets players fouled but missed videotapes to the league. But Malone also made it clear that the Nuggets lost the fourth game mainly on offensive rebounds. The Lakers grabbed 12 offensive rebounds, six of which came from Howard, and they also scored 25 points for the second offensive. After Vogel took the lead to change Howard into the starting lineup, Malone may also change to fight the Lakers' size and rebounding ability.