Denver Nuggets: 3 things we learned from Game 3 loss

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Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets shoots under coverage by Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns in Game 3 of the Western Conference second-round playoff series. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets shoots under coverage by Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns in Game 3 of the Western Conference second-round playoff series. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

The Denver Nuggets have their backs against the wall in the series, as they go down 0-3 after another convincing win by the Phoenix Suns. Newly crowned MVP Nikola Jokic played an outstanding game, notching a 32 point triple double, however, it was not enough to beat the fast-paced Suns.

Denver seemed to have their backs against the wall for the majority of the game, with Devin Booker coming out of the gates hot on the scoring end. Michael Porter Jr also came out firing fast but fizzled out through the course of the game.

Phoenix was once again led by their veterans in Chris Paul and Jae Crowder, with young guns Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, and Deandre Ayton also playing at a mature, elite level.

On the other side, Denver was led mainly by the Joker, with minor contributions from MPJ and Monte Morris.

But, the majority of the game was still a Phoenix Suns display of dominance. This doesn’t mean that the Nuggets can’t learn something from the game and attempt to come back down from the near-impossible hurdle of being down 0-3.

From Nikola Jokic’s dominance to the importance of bench players such as Monte Morris, here are three lessons learned from the third outing with the Suns.

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