Remember where they came from and where they are going.
As mentioned above, the expectations of making the playoffs this season have been eclipsed by the Nuggets performance throughout the season. They started strong and have stayed strong, spending the bulk of the season in either the first or second spot in the Western Conference. There have been times they have wavered but they’ve recovered each time.
Early season back-to-back losses in Atlanta and Charlotte stung but ultimately meant little, same with the Detroit and Brooklyn back-to-back losses more recently. At the time these things sting but in the big picture, the Denver Nuggets have maintained themselves as elite performers. Denver, Toronto, Golden State and Milwaukee are generally considered the class of the Association. When’s the last time the Nuggets were this? Maybe back to 2009, when Denver made the Western Conference Finals before bowing to the Los Angeles Lakers. Sure, the 2013 team won 57 games but a first round playoff ouster provides an asterisk to that team.
This is lofty territory for a team this young and it’s only going to get better. With Golden State facing the possible loss of Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant this offseason, with Steve Kerr and Draymond Green at odds, the writing is on the wall for the Warriors dynasty and who is the next team to rise?
It’s the Nuggets. Even if the Boston Celtics or Lakers add Anthony Davis, it’s the Nuggets. Even if the Philadelphia 76’ers continue to trust in their process, it’s still the Nuggets.
Our core is greater than anyone’s and if Michael Porter Jr. is anything like the snippets we’ve seen and the excitement he’s generated, the talent in Denver is astounding. A healthy team, including MPJ might be able to take the current Warriors. Yes, their ceiling is that high.
The Denver Nuggets are on the verge of being the next multiple championship team in the NBA. If their fans can hold on to that possibility while they grow into the role, they will be rewarded. It’s really as simple as that.
Calm down and enjoy the ride.