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FSU’s Malik Beasley, Denver Nuggets advance in NBA Playoffs

This former Seminoles’ battle-tested squad moves on.

NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Denver Nuggets Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how Seminoles Jonathan Isaac and Malik Beasley were making their first appearances in the NBA Playoffs. The goal of a title this year has come to an end for Isaac, as his seventh-seeded Orlando Magic were eliminated by the second-seeded Toronto Raptors in a five-game Eastern Conference series.

But championship aspirations remain for Beasley, whose second-seeded Denver Nuggets survived a seven-game test against the San Antonio Spurs out west. Beasley was an important contributor in eliminating the always-tough Spurs, chipping in 8.9 PPG and 4.3 RPG. He played very clean ball, averaging less than a turnover per game while playing over 22 MPG. This was no small accomplishment for Denver.

But things won’t get any easier for Beasley and the Nuggets. Up next is a Western Conference semifinal matchup against the third-seeded Portland Trailblazers. That series will open in Denver tonight, at 10:30 pm; it will be broadcast on TNT.