Therefore, evaluations must be handed out for each Nuggets player on the roster.
Despite losing David Lee, the Warriors have dominated several phases of the game. They are plus-20 on the boards, shooting 44.1 percent from behind the arc compared to 31.3 from Denver and have limited the Nuggets' fast-break points.
Essentially, Denver isn't doing what it normally does well or isn't containing what Golden State is good at. The Warriors also held the Nuggets to just 14 assists in Game 4.
Every player on Golden State is having his way: Curry has gotten loose too many times, Jarrett Jack has penetrated the lane too easily, a healthy Andrew Bogut is playing at a much higher level, Klay Thompson continues to drain it from outside, Harrison Barnes isn't playing like a rookie, Carl Landry has been effective because of the attention needed on Bogut and the list goes on.
Because of this, the Nuggets are one game away from elimination after having their best regular season in franchise history.
Some Denver players have more playoff experience than others. Some are overcoming injuries. Some are simply just not fulfilling their roles.
Ultimately, it doesn't matter. It's the playoffs and each player on the Nuggets should be held accountable for fulfilling his duties to the team.
Here are the grades through four games in the first round.