Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris absolutely believes the Clippers are a better team than the Denver Nuggets though they lost to Denver in this past NBA playoffs. The Clippers, who entered last season as one of the top favorites to win it all, failed to do so in a stunning fashion as they blew a 3-1 lead against the Nuggets in their Western Conference Semifinals series.
The Clippers had leads in Games 5, 6 and 7 but even that wasn't enough for them to seal win No. 4 and progress into the Western Conference Finals. "I think it hurt people being up 3-1," Morris said off the Clippers' epic playoff collapse, per ESPN.
"It's not about the losing, it's about how we lost. And I think that's the biggest motivation for this team, because at the end of the day, that team wasn't better than us. We all knew that. To be up and to lose, I think that put an extra sting in our mentality."
Nikola Jokic not surprised by Morris' comments
Nuggets big men Jokic absolutely thinks the Nuggets are not getting the respect they deserve but he is fine with that. "Even now, they are talking about how Clippers lost, they don't think about how Nuggets won," Jokic said.
"We don't care that nobody gives us some kind of whatever, respect. We're going to be there. We were in tough situations last year. We fight. "Just [because] someone doesn't give us respect doesn't mean that we take their opinions.
We know what we are capable of." After stunning the Clippers in the Western Conference Semifinals -- the Nuggets hoped to do the same in the Western Conference Finals -- but the Los Angeles Lakers turned out to be too much for them.
"To be honest, I don't care about Lakers," Jokic said when asked about trying to keep up with the champs. "They're going to be good probably anyways. About us, I like it. I think sometimes change is really good for the team.
Just to bring some new energy, new guys, new individuals, I think it's going to be interesting and I'm looking forward to see how we're going to be. "I don't know how we're going to be. Are we going to be better? Are we going to be worse? I'm just looking forward to see how we're going to do this season in all these weird times (with COVID-19)."