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Jamal Murray wasn’t done taking it to opponents, real or perceived, once the final buzzer sounded in the Nuggets’ Game 7 win over the Clippers on Tuesday night.

The Nuggets’ rising star, after dropping 40 points to complete the comeback from a 3-1 series deficit, also spent part of his postgame press conference calling out those who doubted his team.

“You got Shaq, you got Charles (Barkley), I think Zach Lowe his name … Stephen A. (Smith), all y’all better start giving this team some damn respect,” Murray told reporters. “Because we put in the work. We got a resilient team. We shouldn’t have been down 3-1, but to come back from 3-1 against the Clippers is a big achievement so it’s fun just to change that narrative.”

Outside of Denver, at least, the Clippers were the heavy favorites to win the series and complete the all-Los Angeles Western Conference Finals against the Lakers. But the Nuggets played spoilers and made it no secret that they were paying some attention to the outside noise.

Before Game 7, Nuggets coach Michael Malone had pointed out how each of ESPN’s 20 writers who predicted the series picked the Clippers. None of them had the series even getting to Game 7.

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“Nobody wants us here,” said Nikola Jokic, who poured in 16 points, 22 rebounds and 13 assists. “Nobody thinks we can do something. We prove ourselves and proved everybody we can do something.”

Shaquille O’Neal had also called Murray “Murphy” earlier in the playoffs while fellow TNT analyst Charles Barkley had predicted before Game 5 that the series was about to end there.

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Now, an even bigger challenge awaits the Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. They aren’t likely to be picked by many experts to beat the Lakers, but that’s likely just fine by them and the growing chip on their shoulder.

“Our goal was never to get to a Game 7,” Malone said. “Our goal when we started this whole season was to win a championship. As outrageous as that may sound to people outside of our group, we never lost sight of that. We kept our belief in that.”

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Michigan resident puts toilet on front lawn with sign Place mail in ballots here

A Michigan resident's prank turned into a serious offense for one election official who filed a police report over a toilet in someone's yard with a sign that read: “Place mail in ballots here.”

The resident's politically-motivated lawn ornament sought to poke fun at mail-in voting, which has been the topic of many controversies this year ahead of Election Day amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Down the drain: A Michigan resident’s disdain for voting by mail is no laughing matter for one elections official. The resident put a toilet on the lawn with a sign saying, “Place mail in ballots here.” The official filed a complaint with police. #odd

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Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, filed a complaint with local authorities over the lawn display, arguing it could mislead people who are unfamiliar with the voting system, according to the Lansing State Journal.

“It is a felony to take illegal possession of an absentee ballot,” Byrum said Friday.

She added that the matter is much more pressing for the upcoming election, as many voters will be casting their ballots by mail for the first time in the county.

"It's solicitation of absentee ballots into a container," Byrum said Friday evening. "Our election integrity is not a game. I expect everyone to act appropriately, and this is unacceptable."

Byrum said under Michigan election law it is illegal to take possession of an absentee ballot and is a felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE and Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBarr says Ginsburg 'leaves a towering legacy' Republicans call for DOJ to prosecute Netflix executives for releasing 'Cuties' Trump doesn't offer vote of confidence for FBI director MORE have expressed apprehension this election season that mail-in voting would be one-hundred percent impervious to voter fraud, stoking concerns with elections officials that their warnings could confuse or discourage voters.

Byrum said mail-in voting is "the safest way to vote during the pandemic."

An address for the house with the toilet and sign was not disclosed, though another sign in the yard also called for the resignation of Democratic Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerFeehery: A surprising Republican wave election could be looming 400K sign on to ballot drive to repeal Michigan governor's emergency powers States need prepared, predictable policies before the next pandemic MORE.

Nobody answered the door of the home with the yard display Friday evening, the State Journal said.

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