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1. Game 4 was far and away the most locked in the Nuggets have been on the defensive end of the court all season. https://youtu.be/OxBmXysWrzI 2. Part of game plan discipline is knowing how to change the emphasis based on who is on the court. When Gary Payton III is on the court, the Nuggets have to be willing pack the…...

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1. The Golden State Warriors might beat the Denver Nuggets even if the Nuggets find a way to lock in defensively for 48 minutes. But we wouldn’t know it from game one. We’ll get into the long list of challenges that the Warriors present in the ensuing numbers on this list but number one has to be that the team just…...

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1. The first battle will be about getting the ball to Jokic in the post. Draymond does a great job of leaning on Jokic walling off his angles. Lazy passes will result in turnovers. Even good passes will have to be on point to help Jokic hold deep post position. https://youtu.be/kk0KOSyTWTc 2. Jokic took a lot of faceup jump shots…...

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1. One of the big improvements to Nikola Jokic’s game over the last few seasons has been his comfort level attacking the basket off of the dribble. He shot 68.4% on 1.8 field goal attempts off of drives this season, by far the best mark among players with at least 1.8 attempts per game. Most of Jokic’s drives come off…...

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1. Perhaps the most significant weapon in Bones Hyland’s arsenal is his confidence and ability to take deep threes. Bones was elite at this skill in his two seasons in college and that skill has translated nicely in his rookie season in the NBA where he routinely took threes from 2-5 feet from behind the arc. He even occasionally ventured…...

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1. I’ll stop short of a full on conspiracy theory but…upon rewatch, it sure appeared as though Joel Embiid spent several possessions early on trying to keep Jokic from scoring at the expense of allowing some wide open shots for other Nuggets players. No PnR coverage calls for Embiid to jump away from the ball handler on a basic ball…...

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1. Here is a great example of how each of the players in Denver’s new-look second unit fit together so nicely. It’s also a great example of one of a point I always harp on: it’s not always the openness of a three-point shot, but the rhythm of that show. JaMychal Green is open but it’s the bright green light created…

Is it easy to play with Nikola Jokic? Or can it be more stressful than playing with other superstars? Plus, notes on the Serbian Heritage night n Milwaukee, Bryn Forbes and Davon Reed competing for minutes, and other thoughts on the Denver Nuggets from the past week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5esjf5_yVA Start – 0:00 Serbian heritage night – 3:40 Bryn Forbes, Davon Reed…

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