5 reasons Nuggets should be panicking after nightmare game 2 loss to Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets - Game Two
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Reason #1: Anthony Edwards has been the best player in the series

Through two games, Edwards has been the best player on the court and it hasn’t been particularly close. Ant-Man is taking a leap in real-time and ascending to superstar in an unbelievable way. He seems to be doing whatever he wants on offense while shooting lights out, and making an impact on defense. He’s oozing with confidence and the Nuggets have nobody who can stop him.

On the other side, Nikola Jokic looks completely overmatched in a way that is downright uncomfortable to watch. The Timberwolves defense is absolutely smothering Denver and that includes the Joker. Disturbingly, this was without even having their best defensive player, Rudy Gobert.

He looked like he was coming undone out there, and for once, he and the Nuggets don’t seem to have any answers to solve this Wolves defense. The size, strength, speed, and physicality of this series have overwhelmed the Nuggets in a jarring way.

One of the biggest advantages the Nuggets have had throughout their run is that they’ve always had the best player in the series, and Jokic has always had the most poise and stability. So far in this series that hasn’t been the case at all. If Ant continues to outplay Jokic, the Nuggets have no shot.