Opinion: Nuggets-Blazers Game 7 deserves top billing in NBA playoffs


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Sunday couldn’t arrive quickly enough, for who doesn’t love a Game 7?

For those partial for the NBA the end of this week is like an early version of Christmas, with two series deciders providing a mouthwatering platter of basketball tension and a perfect excuse to fossilize yourself to the couch.

Yet while the focus has been geared heavily towards Golden State finishing off Houston and Toronto’s enthralling scrap with Philadelphia, the least-noticed of all the second-round tussles deserves to share the top of the bill.

The Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers have warranted your focus from the very first tip-off, but found themselves overshadowed somewhat by bigger names and higher-profile games elsewhere.

Their series has been a modern classic from the outset, a thrilling, explosive and profoundly competitive bout between two teams that have so much to like about them.


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