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In this episode, George Karl sits down with Adam Mares to discuss his perspective on Denver’s playoff series win over the Denver Nuggets. Topics include: Jokic’s calmness and ability to control the game Jamal Murray impacting the game without scoring The value of playoff experience Jokic and Murray becoming stars and gaining notoriety The game plan against the Lakers Denver’s…

1. Lou Williams was a team-best +50 overall through the first 4 games of the series. Known as a microwave scorer but poor defender, the Clippers managed to hold a team-best 96.9 defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) when Williams was on the court over those first 4 games. Over the course of the last two games, the Nuggets…...

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1. The challenge Gary Harris has as the backside defender in the PnR. https://youtu.be/VAiBzaavvyU 2. The inconsistency of Michael Porter Jr. as the backside defender in the PnR. https://youtu.be/-ai7CY3mbqo 3. I love how Nikola Jokic splits his feet on the catch before making this beautiful spin move. https://youtu.be/3dFx9fF7GRg 4. The Nuggets are having a hard time opening up the paint…...

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1. On recent episodes of the DNVR Nuggets podcast, I’ve talked about the impact Nikola Jokic can have on Donovan Mitchell’s pull-up three-point shooting by providing the facade of defense when he plays higher up the court on ball screens. Below is a great example of that. Jokic isn’t really contesting this shot, but it at least gives Mitchell a…...

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1. The most important question that will determine which team wins game 6 will be whether or not the Denver Nuggets have figured out a way to defend the Utah Jazz pick-and-roll (PnR). In game 5, the Nuggets held the Jazz to just 44 points in the 2nd half in part because of their ability to contain Donovan Mitchell with…...

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A not-so-fun statistic to jumpstart today’s edition of the list: The Utah Jazz have the NBA’s #1 offense since Christmas Eve. That was true before the NBA arrived inside of the Orlando bubble but it has only become more true as they have carved up the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs. So perhaps it isn’t that much of…...

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In this episode, Adam Mares shares his detailed notes on game 4 of the Nuggets-Jazz series. How much of Utah’s hot shooting should be attributed to Denver’s defense? And what things allowed for Denver to regain their offensive rhythm? Topics include: Jamal Murray alongside a point guard Playing through Millsap Jokic’s three-point shot Utah’s absurd shooting numbers Foul trouble and…

In this episode, George Karl shares his perspective on the challenges facing the Denver Nuggets through three games of their first round playoff series with the Utah Jazz. Topics include: The complicated identity of the Denver Nuggets inside the bubble Adjustments he would make to the starting lineup Playing small Playing big How much of coaching is understanding player psychology?…

1. The first video on today’s edition of THE LIST is courtesy of Gibson Pyper, the curator of the fantastic YouTube channel, Half Court Hoops. He highlights the exact wrinkle that the Utah Jazz have utilized to demolish the Denver Nuggets in both games one and two and the various ways in which the Nuggets have tried to stop it.…...

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1. Here is a great example of Michael Porter Jr. can put pressure on the defense when he brings the ball up the court. https://youtu.be/a6b_pyGcXHo 2. The Utah Jazz do a great job of disguising their screens. In this clip, Donovan Mitchell catches Michael Porter Jr. by surprise when he appears to be cutting through to the corner before diving right…...

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How can the Nuggets advance past the Jazz? It probably comes down to how Denver defends and how Utah shoots the three.

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