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Michael Malone shared his thoughts on Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

The head coach of the Denver Nuggets called this game ‘our greatest challenge’.

“I think the biggest question, aside from the scheme and plays and personnel is, ‘Are our guys satisfied?’ ’Hey, man, we just made playoff history. Down 3-1, down 3-1, we got to the Western Conference finals (for) only the (third) time in franchise history.’ PHEW! (You) manage to take a breath, come up for air.

That’s going to be our greatest challenge (Friday). Can we match their intensity? And I thought in Game 1 against the Clippers, we did for a quarter-and-a-half, (we) just did not sustain it.

I think we were just gassed. And I think, hopefully, we’re able to put forth a 48-minute effort,” Malone said Thursday, via The Denver Post).