Nuggets’ Monte Morris finds playoff redemption in Game 1 vs. Jazz

Nuggets backup place guard Monte Morris entered this year’s playoffs searching for one issue: redemption.

When Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray thrived in their postseason debuts final season, Morris endured a depressing 1st style of the playoffs. In 14 games he averaged just five.four details and 2.six helps. But additional than that, Morris’ -fer from 3-place vary stung the worst. He skipped all 13 of his triple tries towards the Spurs and Blazers final season.

So, when Morris buried a 1st-quarter 3-pointer in Monday’s gripping Game 1 thriller around Utah, it was additional than a nominal basket. As Morris’ 3 swished through the hoop, Denver’s continuous backup guard bought a little slice of peace.

“I had conquer myself up and worked difficult in the offseason to prepare for these times like this,” said Morris, after scoring 14 details and working four helps in 29 minutes. “I felt like final year I was hurrying a tiny little bit in the playoffs and not letting it appear to me.”

In modern times, Morris has said how significantly additional comfortable he felt going into the series vs. Utah taking into consideration his encounter final year. He also said he’s been using greater care of his physique and watching additional film as aspect of his planning.

“It felt superior for me to see a three go, far too,” Morris said. “Just having self-assurance and going out there and actively playing. I just give a shout out to (Nuggets) Mentor (Michael) Malone and the coaching personnel for trusting me.”