However, CJ McCollum stepped up for Portland as he scored 37 points, while also getting nine rebounds and an assist. "So we have to do a better job of guarding him and game planning for him when he comes in".
No exact timetable was given for Hood's return, but the team said he is listed as questionable for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night.
"To me, Rodney Hood is to me the MVP of the series", Malone said Saturday.
Portland's starting backcourt of Damian Lillard and McCollum were big in Game 6, scoring 32 and 30 points, respectively.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Trail Blazers: Averaging 112.2 points, 45.9 rebounds, 18.5 assists, 7.1 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the field.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know the Nuggets weren't even supposed to be in this position.
After the game, McCollum gave his own "330" shout-out to James, while saying that his block reminded him of James's rejection of Andre Iguodala during Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. "No one has ever been drafted there so for me, it's about showing what I can do every night and keeping the door open for the next mid-major", said McCollum, who shot 17-for-29 on the field.
"I hope that after 14 playoff games, America, everybody around the world that watches the playoffs, really came to appreciate Nikola's game", Malone said. If he wants to see what it looks like when no one thinks you'll win, he'll find out soon enough.
It was a devastating end to Denver's season after the Nuggets ended a six-year playoff drought and earned the second seed in the Western Conference bracket.
Evan Turner, who scored just four points in the first six games of the series, added 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter.
Overall, the Nuggets were 2 of 19 from beyond the arc and missed 11 free throws.
Rodney Hood, whom Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he was most anxious about heading into Game 7, injured his left knee in the third quarter and left the game.