Paul Millsap’s wrist has us forever asking ‘what if?’.
Knowing what we know, it’s easy to let the mind wander to that three-victory difference between Portland’s third seed and Denver’s ninth. There’s just no way around it, Millsap would have made a three-game difference and Denver would have entered the playoffs with home-court advantage for at least the first round.
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It’s a fantasy some team in the Association has every year. What if a key player didn’t get hurt.
What if Gordon Hayward doesn’t go down in Boston? What if Chris Paul didn’t get hurt against the Warriors with the Rockets leading the series? The Nuggets have a top contender in the what-if world with Paul Millsap’s wrist injury, courtesy of a Julius Randle slap, that cost the prized free-agent signing 44 games.
The play wasn’t anything Millsap could have prepared for, it’s just one of those things that happen. Still, it’s imperative that Denver has him for the full season. There has to be one traditional player at his traditional position, playing a traditional style. It’s almost like Millsap is an anchor to the fundamentals for the Nuggets.
It’s an important role, one he needs to be there to perform.