Of the ten consecutive seasons that the Nuggets have reached the NBA Playoffs, an impressive stat in and of itself, Denver has been eliminated in the opening round NINE times. That’s hard to fathom.
This campaign, the historical relevance of this season, makes it even tougher to comprehend.
Denver notched 57 wins, 38 of which came at home, both setting franchise records. Those marks mean little when you continue to falter, especially early, in postseason play. “Big whoop,” forward Kenneth Faried said following their elimination at the hands of the Golden State Warriors in Game 6. “It doesn’t matter about the regular season.”
- 2013- Lost in 6 games to the Golden State Warriors
- 2012- Lost in 7 games to the Los Angeles Lakers
- 2011- Lost in 5 games to the Oklahoma City Thunder
- 2010- Lost in 6 games to the Utah Jazz
- 2009 – Beat the New Orleans Hornets in the first round. Lost in the Western Conference Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.
- 2008 – Lost in 4 games to the Los Angeles Lakers
- 2007- Lost in 5 games to the San Antonio Spurs
- 2006- Lost in 5 games to the Los Angeles Clippers
- 2005- Lost in 5 games to the San Antonio Spurs
- 2004- Lost in 5 games to the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Nuggets are accustomed to getting to the playoffs, a trend they shouldn’t take for granted. The last time the Nuggets didn’t make the playoffs, in 2003, they went 17-65. Yet, these early exits not only foil a season, they can also wear on the morale.
“It’s the 4th time in a row for me,” point guard Ty Lawson said. He has never not been a part of a playoff team, and yet, the emerging star hasn’t advanced out of the first round once. “I’m getting kind of sick of it.”