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Nuggets get middle-finger salute from Evan Turner in loss to Portland. How will Denver’s sassy “front-runners” respond in Game 7?

MARK KISZLA | The Denver Post
Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets scuffle, including Portland's Evan Turner and Denver's Torrey Crait at upper right, resulting in four technical fouls during the second half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 119-108.
AP Photo/Thomas Boyd

PORTLAND, Ore. — Lacking the guts to win, the Nuggets will fold in the NBA playoffs and go to the beach. Or so the fake tough guys from the granola-paved streets of Portland seem to believe.

“They got some sassy dudes over there,” Blazers guard Seth Curry said late Thursday. Then he added how little Portland respects Denver by calling the Nuggets: “Front-runners.”

You think that’s insulting? Then you should see an image of Blazers guard Evan Turner flipping the bird at the Nuggets that should burn in the brains of Denver players and rankle them from now until tip-off of Game 7, when a winner will be finally declared in this increasingly chippy NBA playoff series.

After guard C.J. McCollum stuck a dagger in the Nuggets with a 3-point shot late in Portland’s 119-108 victory that pushed this series to the limit, fans in the Moda Center went bonkers. Denver coach Michael Malone called a timeout and McCollum retreated to Blazers bench, repeatedly nodding with the smug self-approval of a gunslinger putting another notch in his belt.

And then — with one minute, 19 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter — the Blazers’ simmering disrespect of Denver got truly insulting: Turner, an end-of-rotation scrub for Portland, celebrated McCollum’s big, decisive jumper with a shot of his own.

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