Denver Nuggets: Five storylines in the Phoenix Suns series

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January 23 2021 matchup between the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

January 23 2021 matchup between the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Denver Nuggets are facing off against the Phoenix Suns in a playoff series for the fourth time in NBA history with the Suns winners in two so far.

It’s set to be an exciting series and both teams are coming off impressive first-round wins, dealing with injuries, and you could talk yourself into either getting through.

There are key matchups to watch across the board with the soon-to-be-named MVP in Nikola Jokic looking to steamroll another defensive big in the playoffs, Michael Porter Jr looking to outscore Devin Booker, and Monte Morris a smart, low turnover guard going against the best smart, low turnover guard there is.

While Nugg Love contributor Liam Clark breaks down the matchups by position here, this article is diving into five major storylines in the series, stories to look out for while watching what should be a hotly contested seven-game series between two up-and-coming Western Conference contenders.

Before we jump into it, I couldn’t scrounge a full slide out of it, but one storyline to watch is how long until Jae Crowder tries to frustrate Nikola Jokic with an intentional flagrant or tech foul? I’m setting the over/under at 1.5 games.

Let’s get into it, starting with the shoulder of one of Phoenix’s most important players.

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