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After three consecutive championships in 1993, the great Michael Jordan announced his retirement. He said that although he still loves basketball, he already lacks motivation and wants to leave at the peak. As soon as the news came out, there was an uproar in the world. People from all walks of life sighed and sighed. The wailing of fans followed the high winds of Chicago to the world. Players also wailed frequently. Jordan's friend Charles Barkley returned to the 800-square-meter Grand House, and the lights were brightly lit. In the middle of the night, there are no old people, so I miss the old friendship. I think of you and me on the basketball court of the brothers, playing in the high court, spending money at the casino, sweating like rain at night, as the saying goes Feeling sad came from it and laughed out loud.
在1993年连续获得三个冠军之后，伟大的迈克尔·乔丹宣布退休。他说，尽管他仍然热爱篮球，但他已经缺乏动力，想离开巅峰。消息一出，世界就发生了轩然大波。各界人士叹息。球迷的哀followed跟随芝加哥的狂风席卷全球。玩家也经常哭泣。约旦的朋友查尔斯·巴克利（Charles Barkley）回到了800平方米的大房子（Grand House），灯火通明。在深夜，没有老人，所以我想念旧的友谊。我想你和我在兄弟俩的篮球场上，在高等法院打球，在赌场花钱，晚上流汗如雨，俗话说，悲伤来自其中，大声笑了起来。
Barkley must be happy if Jordan is not here. After all, he and his Phoenix Suns are the newest Western champions in 1993 and the stepping stones of the Jordan dynasty. They have enough reasons to do it again. This time it is not Jordan, and the probability of winning the championship naturally increases. Las Vegas agrees with this view. At the winning odds released before the 1993-94 season, the Suns are +300, which means you can bet $100 to get a return of $300. Of course, this is not the highest. In the eyes of the dealer, there is another team that is more trustworthy. It is the Knicks led by Ewing. The team that was eliminated by Jordan in the Eastern Conference Finals in 1993, in the first year without Jordan, the winning odds reached +200, not to mention the facts, at least disregard the heroes.
Following the two favorites to win the championship, Price and Dougherty led the Cleveland Cavaliers and Payton and Camp's Seattle SuperSonics. The odds of +500 and +600 are a certain gap with the top two. But compared with the teams behind them, the gap is even more pronounced. The fifth-placed Charlotte Hornets have odds of +1200 directly. The odds data behind them seem to be just to fill the Excel table. Written, of course, it also has a certain relationship with the team's strength. For example, the Denver Nuggets only have +10000, ranking 7th from the bottom.
When the 1993-94 regular season ended, people found that the bookmaker's vision was generally good, but slightly off. The Knicks' record is indeed the best in the East and the same as the Hawks. With 63 wins, it was not only the first in the Western Conference, but also the league's top card. Barkley and his Suns were only third in the Western Conference. The bookmaker’s predictions deviate greatly from reality and are not among these powerful players. For example, the Nuggets' record of 42 wins and 40 losses to get eighth in the Western Conference and enter the playoffs is not a big surprise.
The Nuggets are too young. Their average age is only 24.8. The lowest in the league. Reggie Williams, the longest-serving team, has only played in the league for 6 years. The team’s average length of service is only 2.5 years. Their coach is the previous one. The best player in team history, Dan Iser (above), this is his second year of coaching. This team is full of unknown names. The Congolese center Mutombo is 27 years old at this time, but after three years of his career, he has only played basketball for seven years. This is already The most famous player of the Nuggets, if you have to count the other, it may be the team's leading scorer. The 24-year-old point guard Rauf, who just changed his name from Chris Jackson to Muhammad in 1993 De Abdul-Raouf, who suffered from Tourette's syndrome since childhood, made unconscious noises and caused convulsions and other unconscious movements.
掘金太年轻了。他们的平均年龄只有24.8岁。联盟中最低的。服役时间最长的雷吉·威廉姆斯（Reggie Williams）仅在联盟效力6年。该团队的平均服务年限仅为2.5年。他们的教练是前一位。团队历史上最好的球员Dan Iser（上），这是他执教的第二年。这支队伍名不见经传。刚果中锋穆托姆博目前为27岁，但是在他职业生涯的三年后，他只打了7年篮球。这已经是掘金队中最著名的球员，如果您必须数一数的话，可能是该队的得分王。 24岁的控球后卫劳夫（Rauf）于1993年将名字从克里斯·杰克逊（Chris Jackson）更改为穆罕默德（De Abdul-Raouf），他从小就患有图雷特氏综合症，发出不自觉的声音并引起抽搐和其他无意识的动作。
Visitors on the plateau have always been dull. The entire team did not have as many dunks as Spurs rookie David Robinson in the 1989-90 season. There are only two things that are most exciting in their previous team history. One is the beautiful rainbow jersey, and the other is the eight-time All-Star Inglish, who won the scoring champion for one year in the 1980s. The latter’s biggest hobby in his spare time is writing. Poetry, the team's tone is evident.
Now in 1994, the quality of the Nuggets has not changed qualitatively. A decent center and a decent point guard led a mediocre team barely into the playoffs. They faced the first round. The league's top seed, "no chance" is generally regarded as a very fair judgment. What's more, the Nuggets have been won by the Sonics for two consecutive games, averaging 17 points per game. Rauf was completely locked up by Payton, scoring 22 points on both occasions and shooting less than 30%. Everything is as expected. Going forward, no team has ever been able to black eight before, nor will this year. The lack of opportunity for the Nuggets is the competition system. The first round of the playoffs at that time was still a 5-game 3-win system. This meant that the Nuggets, who were behind 0 to 2, almost ran to the edge of the cliff. Only one finger remained on the cliff.
Adults understand that only sufficient foreplay can embrace a more wave of climax. The miracle story of the Nuggets in 1994 started from 0 to 2 on the verge of elimination. The Nuggets returned to the first game at home. The fans wore a T-shirt with "Mount Mutombo 5280 feet above sea level" and cheered. Isaier compressed Rauf's playing time and couldn't find it. Focusing on the target, the Supersonic Denver defeated the Supersonics by 17 points. Reggie Williams scored 31 points and 8 assists, and Brother Mu had 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks.
成人明白，只有足够的前戏才能拥抱更多的高潮。 1994年掘金的奇迹故事从消灭开始于0到2。掘金回到了自己的第一场比赛。球迷们穿着一件“海拔5280英尺的穆托姆博火山”的T恤，欢呼雀跃。 Isaier压缩了Rauf的上场时间，没有找到它。专注于目标，丹佛超音速队以17分击败超音速队。雷吉·威廉姆斯（Reggie Williams）获得31分和8次助攻，而穆兄弟（Mother Brother）得到19分，13个篮板和6个盖帽。
So in Game 4, the Sonics paid more attention to Williams, just pressed the gourd and raised the scoop, next to Mutombo, who had 16 rebounds and 8 blocks, and Rafonso Ellis stood up and cut again. The next 27 points and 17 rebounds. In the end, the Nuggets passed a 12-3 overtime and tied the big score 2-2.
The most exciting thing, of course, must stay at the end. The fifth game of the two sides' decisive victory will return to Seattle at home. This season, the Sonics have only lost 4 games at the home center theater arena, facing the young Nuggets, Seattle fans I think they played two good performances in the plateau, but will not win in Seattle after all, "don't want to win in my home."
The Nuggets opened the door of the supersonic home, opened their refrigerator, lied on their sofa and drank Coke, with their feet on the coffee table and the TV remote control in their hands. If they could, they still had it in their arms. With the Seattleites' horses, in the second overtime of this series, they once again won the last 5 minutes 10-6. Big Brother Mu had 8 points, 15 rebounds and 8 blocks, Robert Parker had 23 points, Bison Daley had 17 points and 19 rebounds. The Nuggets lost 4 points to the Sonics in the entire series, but they were the ones that entered the second round. team.
Isaiah said after the game: "I don't think these kids know what the tension is." Years later, a Serbian foreign aid said almost the same thing, "Now the pressure is on the opposite side." The 1994 championship fever Supersonic obviously has taken too much pressure. So far, no one has been able to explain the reason why the supersonic was overturned from a more convincing angle. Many people have tried to explain how they restricted Camp from the height of the Nuggets. The slowdown and error control explained how they prevented Payton from instigating the fast break they are better at, but the discussion returned to the discussion. When the details gradually became blurred, the afterthought explanation could only explain what happened at the time, and still could not explain all of this. will happen. People looked at the video of the game and watched the supersonic coach George Carr from applauding to scratching his head, and finally gave up on the scientific research of this series. Everyone spread their hands: the supersonic mentality collapsed.
This is the general appearance of the first black eight miracle in NBA history, but as time goes on, this miraculous series is still more forgotten, at most Mutombo’s lying on the floor holding the ball with both hands haha Laughing scenes will occasionally appear in documentaries to remind people that such a thing has happened.
In fact, "the first black eighth team in history" simply cannot fully describe everything the Nuggets did in 1994, because this does not take into account that the Nuggets face 0-2 at the beginning and then need to win 3 in a row. A match point is the final pass. And another small matter may also be worthy of attention. After the Nuggets fell into desperation, Isaiah decisively pressed the core Rauf more on the bench, and other role players were allowed to complete the key moments or closing stages of the game. Perhaps it is a long-lasting reminder to remind later coaches that when they are unable to do anything, there is actually a last resort that can be used.
The more important reason why the "first black eight team in history" could not fully describe the 1994 Nuggets is that they almost did more terrifying things in the second round.
In the second round, the Nuggets faced the Jazz of Stockton and Malone, and another historical-level point guard-power forward combination. The Nuggets suffered a head-on attack. They started 0-3 and lost a total of 21 points. The excitement of the black eight in the first round is gradually dissipating. The Nuggets' weak performance in the first three games, except for the humiliation of the Sonics. A few mouthfuls can't explain anything, the world is moving as usual, and there is just one more joke about Seattle.
But the Nuggets turned back, winning 1 point in Game 4, 8 points in double overtime in Game 5, and 3 points in Game 6.
The Nuggets tied the series to a 3-3 tie.
How do you explain such a performance, you can't explain it. The last NBA team that could do this dates back to 1951, when the league was just established.
But guess what, with the Nuggets' defeat in the tie-break with the Jazz, a big dream finally woke up. With the real big dream to win this year's championship, the Nuggets this second round of the series will be a matter of course. Covered under the signboard of "the first black eight team in history", when Seattle disappeared from the NBA map, the story of 1994 was even more bleak.
Until 26 years later, another team saved 5 consecutive match points in the playoffs. What the Nuggets really did in 1994 was revealed:
The team that saved the highest match point in playoff history was the 1994 Nuggets. They recovered 6 match points!
26 years later, the team that saved 5 match points was still the Nuggets, and then they quickly tied the old Nuggets' record and sent another favorite to the venue. Now they are facing another favorite to win the championship, the true No. 1 in the Western Conference. In 2020, the Nuggets will undoubtedly go further. In the Western Conference finals, they will repeat the fate of the first round of 1994, or the second round. People know, but we can only be sure of one thing: Now this Nuggets still hasn’t done anything, and before they really did that thing, what they did before happened before you and me. Yes, will eventually be forgotten ruthlessly, just like the team 26 years ago.
Twenty-six years ago, the Nuggets played the most exciting playoff dark horse legend in history but quickly returned to calm. They entered the playoffs again in 1995 as the eighth in the Western Conference. This time they faced the Spurs first in the Western Conference. No more, no miracles. It looks like this Nuggets are still young, but the next time they return to the playoffs, they will have to wait another 9 years. Ellis suffered a knee injury during the offseason in 1994 and was subsequently reimbursed for the season. Reggie Williams was traded away after one and a half seasons. Mutombo also switched to the Hawks two years later. The name Ufu makes some noise, and we have to wait until Zen Master Jackson commented on Stephen Curry
二十六年前，掘金队打出了历史上最激动人心的季后赛黑马传奇，但很快就恢复了平静。他们在1995年再次进入季后赛，成为西部联盟的第八名。这次他们第一次在西部联盟面对马刺。没有更多，没有奇迹。看起来掘金还很年轻，但是下次他们回到季后赛时，他们将不得不再等9年。埃利斯（Ellis）在1994年休赛期遭受膝盖受伤，随后该赛季获得报销。一个半赛季后，雷吉·威廉姆斯被交易走了。两年后，穆托姆博也转投老鹰队。乌夫（Ufu）这个名字引起了轩然大波，我们必须等到禅师杰克逊（Jen Jackson）对史蒂芬·库里（Stephen Curry）发表评论
The story of the Nuggets in 1994 can undoubtedly serve as a book. We can only read a proverb from it at a glance: At that time you were young, and you always thought that you still had opportunities, a lot of opportunities, until you no longer have them. opportunity.
Of course, if this sentence is given to the 2020 Nuggets, if you change it slightly, you can also give it to the Lakers.