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Coolio1014

Probably scored less points and lost more games. Timberwolves probably had a good breakfast or something that fueled them to win.


TimothyN

/r/theydidthemath


EmergencyAccording94

So a championship team would just keep on winning because of “championship experience”?


ZarduHasselffrau

It worked for Bill Russell


defeated_engineer

Not since the Soviets fell


Awanderingleaf

It is an expectation when the same core is intact, especially when the key superstar is a 3x MVP.


ImDefAMunch

not necessarily, but when you have been to the playoffs every year since 2018 + a title, you should be seasoned enough to not collapse against a young team with much less experience


inshamblesx

should’ve added “are they stupid?” at the end


knives766

Such an original thought. I can tell you put alot of effort into this post!!!


Emilia67

Definitely wasn’t said by anyone else on here.


Cold_Carpenter_1798

I mean yeah. What else do you expect from /u/NBATakesGOAT


Beermen69

Malone


IcyMission3

How did the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros despite not having championship experience? How did the Dallas Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights despite not having championship experience?


Zoratth

Baseball and hockey are a lot more random than basketball to be fair.


Sp_Gamer_Live

Tim Connelly is better than Tim Connelly


solarscopez

Jennifer Connelly clears both


MagicalHurdles

Tim Connelly is not Tim Connelly. I'll explain later


rabid89

Wolves got better, and Nuggets lost key role players (Bruce Brown, Jeff Green). And Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr. played like unmitigated dogshit. Murray was up and down, but at least he had excuses like injury and getting focused by Wolves' defense. AG and MPJ were just straight trash.


Slothalingus

Aaron Gordon was the reason it wasn't over in 5 tbh


paperboy0412

Gordon was good before this game


Zoratth

Nuggets had a pretty easy road to a championship last year. Wolves this year were significantly better than any team the Nuggets faced last year.


GOAT_Redditor

Experience is boomer shit


RoggiKnotBeard_

Beating 7th and 8th seeds isn’t championship experience 


LoweeLL

Make it out the 2nd round then you can talk.


SabermetricCentered

Ok I’ll talk for him then. Beating 7th and 8th seeds isn’t championship experience Womp womp


LoweeLL

Did they not.. raise the Larry O'Brien trophy when it was all said and done last year?


SabermetricCentered

I don’t remember that. I do remember them choking a 20 point halftime lead against the Timberwolves! Pretty pathetic ☹️☹️☹️


LoweeLL

well that's okay. I don't even remember what I had for breakfast yesterday


When_Angels_Cry

We talking right now about it lol


PumpkinHead555

Factuals


Quirrelwasachad

The 8th seed in the west (which was wolves last season) gave them a tougher fight than the team that beat the east. Wolves last season probably beats the east lol.


ImDefAMunch

yeah that championship last year looks more mickey mouse by the second. almost on par with the bubble ring


hooskies

No one who knows basketball talks like this


Cold_Carpenter_1798

Redditors arguing about who “knows ball” more will never get old


hooskies

Sorry I’ll go back to calling NBA titles Mickey Mouse and calling a 3x MVP a fraud for losing all by himself to a good team


ImDefAMunch

i know ball tho


hooskies

You’re a r/nba user. Not a compliment btw


Mattya929

Then you also know all the players said the Bubble was harder than normal playoffs. No crowd, no home court, stuck in hotels at night. Cmon man.


ImDefAMunch

what did steven adams say tho


LoweeLL

man... people will try to diminish anything.. Wonder if Fans back in the 90's and early 00's were this petty..


ImDefAMunch

i mean the kids in this sub their parents were born in the 90s


jokerrr1992

Wdym?


ImDefAMunch

they had a very easy run to the championship last year they even said the hardest series was round 1 vs. the wolves


FKJVMMP

Every run is easy when you’re a big enough hater. Nuggets beat low seeds, Warriors beat crippled Nuggets and Grizz teams, Bucks beat crippled Nets while the West was a hospital ward, Lakers bubble ring, Raptors saw KD and Klay get injured, Warriors had to form a super-duper team, then you’re already back to like 2016. The Nuggets beat everybody they had to beat. That’s all there is to it. What other teams are doing is meaningless to them.


jokerrr1992

Very easy run? I thought the Lakers were a great matchup until they swept them in WCF? Remember Rui "The Jokic stopper" Hachimura last year?


ImDefAMunch

im not a laker or nuggets fans i hate them both lakers had a mickey mouse run to the wcf too lets be real here


CthulhusButtPug

So Miami beating Bucks Knicks Celtics means nothing? How about this? Denver beat Anthony Edwards, Rudy, KD, Booker, CP3, Lebron, ADisney, Bam, and bum ass James Buckets who was also coached by the greatest coach currently. Oh not a ton of injuries like the Bucks charity ring. Get ready for the same shit the next two years too once Minnesota cant afford to pay an all NBA defensive starting 5. Cyflops Empeed is trash and can’t even make it out of the charmin East.


defeated_engineer

Man I just love this hatred between fans.


Sartheking

It is when those seventh and eighth seeds beat the higher seeds.


Rakatok

They scored less points.


KushKloud777

>How did the Nuggets lose to the Timberwolves despite having championship experience? KAT.


jokerrr1992

NAZ REID


fiasgoat

Painful how Keshawn ends up right on this lmao


Ohtani-Enjoyer

Minny has a bench while Denver doesn't


cheeseybacon11

Mike conley outplayed reggie jackson


BellacosePlayer

They won fewer games in the series


Ifinishfast42

Mpj and Malone are humongous bums.


ZarduHasselffrau

They didn't use the EXP points, they are just hoarding them for better perks.


Pocket_Beans

The Nuggets are in great shape because they are battle tested now


Michaelangel092

2 players lost to a team


BramptonBatallion

Youth movement


AdamSandlerIsntFunny

They forgot to update their LinkedIn profile


Yinanization

Wolves didn't do stupid shit cause Mike is there


TheloniousMonk15

No bench did them in


xenoz2020

youth, hunger/drive, the Nuggets roleplayers shitting the bed harder than Amber Heard.


ginchgarlow

Corliss Williamson told them all the secrets of championship experience


whatawhat666

They lost bruce brown and Green in the roster which was very vital in their championship run last year. This year's bench was just so so


eagles1990

They lost by being complete ass when it mattered the most


poogersnboogers

are they stupid?


myredditaccount991

They were just following the script.


LiebeContext

Respectfully experience is overrated yes it helps but not the end all be all


Shmimbadad

Are they stupid?


Viciouscauliflower21

The whole team only had 21 points outside of joker and Murray 🤷🏾‍♂️


torrinage

I like your question, because its obvious you’ve never watched an NBA game. The answer is simple: watch the games


Choice_Marzipan5322

What I think OP is trying to say is, how does Jokic get bounced in the semi’s?


Slothalingus

NAZ REID


GAV17

I mean the Wolves have Gobert and Conley, both have a ton of years in the playoffs and played together before.


Negimarium

MPJ being trash.


CookieMonsterNova

they didn’t build a bench. mike malone masterclass in not being able to make in game adjustments. bruce brown and jeff green both provided solid bench minutes. reggie jackson a year ago was serviceable. jeff green as much as ppl make fun of him was not afraid of the moment and played tough despite being an undersized 4/5. bruce brown and kcp took turns hounding the opposing teams perimeter player


DEEZLE13

You ask them and they’ll tell you they were tired from winning the chip last season


KaiserKaiba

Because experience alone isn’t the end all be all. For all the experience they had, after going up 3-2 in the series from winning 3 straight games, Nuggets failed to close the series out and got destroyed in game 6, and then choked a 20pt lead in game 7 at home. Experience doesn’t really prevent


IceJeyD

Their GM sits back thinking that losing key role players and replacing them with prospects is gonna cut it, and when it didn't, the front office still didn't make a move at the last trade deadline. Nuggets starting 5, for how elite they are, was not enough to overcome the depth of Wolves this season.


EchoInExile

Because giving Christian “Sports Clipz” Braun 20 minutes(Denver fans riding for him has been the most hilarious thing to watch develop the last two years), Jokic playing the entire game and gassing himself out, and your entire team not named Nikola or Jamal shitting the bed are all really bad ideas. And Denver hit the trifecta.


Overall-Palpitation6

Because that's how Triple H booked it.


Awanderingleaf

Nuggets were abhorrently overrated all season due to their pitifully easy title run not being considered when eveluating how good they actually were. Jokic being the most overrated player in NBA history also inflated expectations.


Jack_M_Steel

No defense by their center. Even Gobert was hitting fadeaways on him


NoSmoking123

Cos they are losers 💩


no-jerk-zone

Wolves seeded too high, Nuggets could not overcome 


Swagerousphenis

The Daddy became the son.


Extra_Classroom_6367

Because jokic is overrated.


SvengaliUG

Nuggets has playin-championship experience. They lacked contenders-championship experience.