Nuggets, Rockies Seasons Come To An End
The Denver Broncos will now have to carry the torch for sports in Colorado as both the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rockies have seen their seasons come to an end.
After a few months of no live sports, fans in Colorado were treated to a few exciting weeks of action.
The Broncos are off to an 0-3 start in the 2020 regular season, and it appears that it could be a long year in the AFC West. Most fans in Colorado have been focusing on basketball over the last few weeks, but that run is now over.
Nuggets Made Deep Run
The Denver Nuggets were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs on Saturday night after an improbable and exciting run through the postseason. Denver entered the postseason as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, but the team ran into trouble right away.
The Utah Jazz took a 3-1 series lead over Denver in the first round of the playoffs before the Nuggets were able to rattle off three straight wins. That set the Nuggets up with a showdown against the second-seeded LA Clippers.
Denver once again fell into a 3-1 series deficit, and it was a huge underdog to come back and win the series. But the Nuggets were somehow able to defy odds and win three straight games to upset the favored Clippers.
Leading the way for the Nuggets this postseason were Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. In fact, if the Nuggets would have been able to get contributions from some other players, they might have been able to upset the Los Angeles Lakers.
Murray led the team with 26.5 points and 6.6 assists per game during the playoff run and was instrumental in the Nuggets’ upset of the Clippers. Murray was hobbled a bit at the end of the Western Conference Finals but should recover in time for next season.
Jokic averaged 24.4 points and 9.8 rebounds this postseason for the Nuggets and was arguably one of the most impressive players in the bubble. The Nuggets will look to build around their two stars heading into next season.
Another Disappointment For Rockies
The Colorado Rockies ended their 2020 season with an overall record of 26-34 and finished in fourth place in the National League West. Colorado was not expected to become a playoff team in 2020, but it never really even challenged for a playoff spot.
The pitching staff really let the Rockies down this season, posting an ERA higher than 5.50. German Marquez was the lone bright spot for the starting rotation this season, posting an ERA of 3.75 and recording four victories.
The offense was not much better for the Rockies, even though there were a few players that had decent 2020 campaigns. Shortstop Trevor Story led the team with 11 home runs this season, and Charlie Blackmon led the way with 42 runs batted in.
Colorado plays in a loaded National League West Division, and it will be interesting to see what moves it makes heading into 2021.
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