Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone had underlined that the last thing he wants to see is his team finishing the season by being swept. On Friday night, the Nuggets lost to the Phoenix Suns on their home floor 116-102 and fell down 3-0 in the series.
"I know for myself, I can't speak for anyone else, the last thing I want to see is the Phoenix Suns pushing a broom across our court after Game 4," Malone said, per ESPN. "We have had a tremendous season, tremendous.
I said going into this year you can't judge a season by the end result. We got to the Western Conference finals last year, certain things can happen, but we can have a better season this year but not get as far. "But the one thing I don't want is for us to go out just quietly into that good night.
I hope we show some real fight and resolve and force that series to go back to Phoenix for a Game 5."
Malone hoping the Nuggets can pull off an upset
No team has ever gotten back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs.
"As far as the 3-0 deficit, yes, history is not on our side," Malone said. "But you know what? We have rewritten history the last couple of years. When we were down 3-1 twice last year, it was never about trying to win three more games.
It was about winning the next game, winning the first quarter, winning the second quarter, and that's got to be our mindset." Suns guard Chris Paul had 27 points and eight assists in Game 3. "We just got to make it more difficult on him," Nuggets guard Monte Morris said.
"He's a Hall of Fame point guard, top five easily, still playing in the NBA. ... He's getting everybody involved. CP is a tough cover for anybody, but we have to just stick to our game plan and try to execute it the best way we can.
Morris added: "S---, it's 3-0. We got to all lay it out there. We ain't got nothing to lose. But we're definitely not trying to get swept going into the offseason on our home court. That feeling wouldn't sit well."
Nuggets star big man Nikola Jokic received his MVP trophy before Game 3. "It was a special moment," Jokic said. "I enjoyed the moment. I wish that my wife could be here and my parents. I had my teammates behind me because this is my trophy, but it's because of all of them. So I need to thank them."