Stephen A. Smith predicted that the Timberwolves would sweep the Nuggets. After Game 3 on Friday, he was quite wrong. Photo Credit: ESPN Photo Credit: ESPN

With the Minnesota Timberwolves leading the Denver Nuggets 2-0 heading into Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals series between the teams, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith made a bold prediction. And he was wrong.

During ESPN’s pregame show on Friday, Smith predicted that the Timberwolves would not only win the series but would win it in four straight.

“I believe the Minnesota Timberwolves are gonna sweep the reigning, defending NBA Champions. No shade on the Denver Nuggets whatsoever. But you’ve got to score to win basketball games.”

It certainly wasn’t a baseless prediction. The Timberwolves were not only up 2-0 but had won both of the first two games in Denver. And beyond being up 2-0 in the series, Minnesota entered Friday’s game with a 6-0 playoff record.

But the Timberwolves will not sweep the Nuggets. Denver dominated Friday’s game from the outset, taking a 28-20 lead after one quarter and a 56-41 lead at halftime. The Nuggets kept the pressure on in the second half and came away with a dominant 117-90 win.

The internet keeps receipts. And as it became clear that the Nuggets would win Game 3 in Minnesota, those receipts were strong.

While there will be no sweep, Minnesota is still very much in control of the series. Despite that, the series has a dramatically different look now than it did when Smith predicted that the Timberwolves would break out the brooms.

[Photo Credit: ESPN]

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