Kevin Durant told CJ McCollum past year Blazers are not championship team


He nearly averaged a triple-double in the playoffs, going for 24.8 points, 13 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game while shooting 51.5 percent.

The Portland Trail Blazers are going to the Western Conference finals for the first time in 19 years.

The victor will advance to the conference finals to play the two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors. Last round against Denver, it was McCollum's turn to take over as he scored 41 points in Game 3 before dropping 30 and 37 in Game 6 and Game 7, respectively.

With under five minutes to play, the Blazers were clinging to a four-point lead when Nikola Jokic secured a rebound and tossed a flawless outlet pass to Jamal Murray.

For comparison, former San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is considered to have one of the best teardrops of all-time and he led the 2012 postseason with just 2.8 points per game from the floater.

Nikola Jokic had prettier games during this series than his Game 7 effort.

If you missed any action from Game 7, we had you covered with updates, highlights and more.

He added: "I don't know what happened".

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Things got chippy midway through the fourth quarter when Portland center Zach Collins fell at the feet of Nuggets guard Will Barton.

The Blazers were down 48-39 at halftime and trailed by just a point head into the fourth quarter.

Paul Millsap is the sage veteran among the youthful Denver Nuggets, but even he had to admit he was sick of seeing the Portland Trail Blazers. McCollum describing his critical chase-down block during the Game 7 Blazers victory over the Nuggets.

"CJ was phenomenal tonight", said Denver coach Michael Malone, whose team won 54 games and finished second in the Western Conference in the regular season.

"I missed those free throws, that one free throw at the end and the one free throw in the Portland game".

That had some on Twitter defending analytics, by claiming that advanced metrics don't indicate that midrange jumpers should never be taken, just that those shots are usually the least advantageous to offenses. "So he put it right there for me and I just went and got it. Bron style, shout out to my guy Bron". "For him to be as emotional and upset as he was speaks to his caring".

He went 11-for-26 from the field, made two of his six three-point attempts and went 5-of-7 from the free throw line.