Three ways the Lakers can prevent another Nuggets 3-1 comeback

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  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

After winning Game 4 of the Western Conference finals over the Denver Nuggets 114-108 on Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in the same spot as the LA Clippers were two weeks ago and the Utah Jazz were 2½ weeks before that: leading the Nuggets 3-1 in a series.

Already, Denver has made history by becoming the first NBA team to rally from a pair of 3-1 postseason deficits. Before the Nuggets, just three teams had ever gone down 3-1 twice in the same playoffs; all of those teams lost the second series in five games.

Here’s how the Lakers can avoid following the same path as the Jazz and Clippers and put an end to the Nuggets’ historic run.

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