Michael Malone: “The Lakers aren’t coming up for air”

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Ahead of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, the Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone talked about facing the Los Angeles Lakers.

Q: Can you talk about the transitions you’ve had to make from one series to the next?

Michael Malone: That first round was so full of emotion, even aside from the on-court Game 7, that the last play Mike Conley shot going in and out. But prior to that Game 7, the emotional questions and concerns and ups and downs, are we even going to finish these Playoffs. I think getting through the seven-game, another 3-1 comeback, only team to ever do that. I think having a day yesterday, that’s the first time we had a day just to relax to go into a prep day. I think that will really help us out. I think the biggest question aside from themes, plays, personnel, is are our guys satisfied. Man, we just made Playoff history, down 3-1, down 3-1. We’ve gotten to the Western Conference Finals only the second time in franchise history. Take a breath, come up for air. The Lakers aren’t coming up for air. They’ve been waiting. I know LeBron, having been around him. They’re going to try to come out and send a message tomorrow.