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Spurs guard Bryn Forbes takes matchup with Gary Harris, Nuggets “personally”

For Forbes, a third-year guard out of Michigan State, drawing the Nuggets makes it a smidge more personal than the usual first-round playoff fracas.

Denver wing guard Gary Harris — one of the few Nuggets for whom the postseason didn’t look like too big a stage after a 20-point night in Game 1 — is an old pal, a longtime workout-and-sparring partner.

Harris and Forbes played for the Spartans under iconic coach Tom Izzo, although not at the same time: A few months after the Nuggets wing declared for the NBA draft following a stellar sophomore year with the Spartans in 2013-14, Forbes transferred into East Lansing from Cleveland State for the 2014-15 season.

Watch for the I’ll-show-you elevated moments, too: In five meetings with the Nuggets this season, the 6-foot-3 Forbes has proven to be one of the most consistent — and underrated — thorns in Denver’s collective side, averaging 11.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 treys while connecting from beyond the arc at a blistering 10-for-20 (.500) clip.

Harris’ 20-point line in Game 1 was his first scoring night of at least 20 points since the former Spartan had dropped 27 in Portland back on Nov. 30.

“He’s a guy that doesn’t complain at all,” Morris said of Harris, who missed 25 games during the regular season with a spate of lower-body injuries.

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