NBA Playoffs 2019: 3 Talking points from Portland Trail Blazers' win over Denver Nuggets in Game 2
#2 Nuggets attack the offensive glass but fail to capitalize
Averaging around 12 offensive boards per game this year, the Nuggets sure know how to rack up second chance points on a nightly basis. Against the Blazers, they pulled down 23 rebounds on the offensive glass, 14 of which came in the final quarter when they were making a run.
"The good news is they had all of those offensive rebounds but they didn't convert a lot," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "They were 8 for 24 on second-chance points. We were fortunate we came away not hurt as badly as we could have been on the offensive boards."
Paul Millsap attacked the paint down the stretch and finished with 5 offensive boards of his own. Denver managed to cut a 17-point Portland advantage down to 5 in the final few moments of the game. However, that could've been a whole different story had they converted on all their second chances at the rim.
"The last quarter we missed a lot of put-backs, but 23 offensive rebounds is a big number," admitted Jokic.