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“I tried my best. I didn’t want to lose. I was trying to give everything I got.” – Nikola Jokić Nikola Jokić – A Jokić became the third player in postseason history to record at least 30 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists in a single game. He scored 32 points, two more than the rest of the starters combined.…...

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“I felt we quit tonight.” -Michael Malone Nikola Jokić – A- The Nuggets are standing and watching Jokić. The movement dried up, and the opposition is keying in on the only player concerning them. Yes, we can identify several possessions in which Jokić might have looked to pass instead of score. And he failed to take advantage of Deandre Ayton’s…...

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Monty Williams should be the NBA’s Coach of the Year, but the regular-season award went to the face of a glamour market renaissance instead. Since the regular season ended, the Knicks looked hopeless in their first-round matchup with the Hawks, and the Suns look like a team well-equipped to make a title run. The Suns don’t make mistakes, and they…...

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“I love our team. I love every player in our locker room 1-17.” -Michael Malone Never before had the Michael Malone-led Denver Nuggets won a series in less than seven games. The Nuggets had yet even to win a game while leading in a playoff series. Despite the tiring run in the bubble, despite three seemingly crippling injuries, the Nuggets…...

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“We won and lost that game so many times.” -Michael Malone Nikola Jokić – A+ The burden undertaken here is unfathomable. Jokić has nowhere to hide without his second-best player and as a center in a guard’s league. It’s not enough to carry the offense, but also his positionally bound duty to contest every rebound. To fight in the trenches…...

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“The are no silver linings when you get your ass kicked in a playoff game.” – Michael Malone The Portland Trail Blazers couldn’t afford to come out flat Saturday afternoon, and the Denver Nuggets had a little room to breathe. Both teams played accordingly in Game 4. Head Coach Terry Stotts moved Jusuf Nurkić back into the starting lineup, and…...

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“We’re like the statue of Liberty. We’ll take anybody.”  – Michael Malone Austin Rivers – A Rivers’ initial contributions to this game included some impressive defense on Damian Lillard and modest offerings on the other end. But that’s not how Nuggets fans will remember him in Game 3. Rivers scored 16 points in the final frame alone, including four 3s…...

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A seven-game series is played one game at a time. The Portland Trail Blazers buried the Denver Nuggets behind an avalanche of threes in Game 1, but the Nuggets adjusted and responded with a blowout in Game 2 Monday night. Nikola Jokić left his body in favor of the divine plane, Aaron Gordon checked himself into the series, and Paul…...

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The playoffs are here, and the Denver Nuggets kicked their series off with Portland by playing host in Game 1 Saturday night. The Trail Blazers were not kind guests. They kicked their feet up and made themselves at home. A barrage of screens and threes buried the Nuggets, who are already in another hole after losing 123-109. Let’s go to…...

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The Denver Nuggets didn’t need that win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday night, but no one told Nikola Jokić. The big man looks intent on finishing the season without missing a game, and he made it look easy against Karl-Anthony Towns and company. JaVale McGee started alongside Jokić, and the pair dominated the glass. That’s about the beginning and the…...

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The Denver Nuggets just wanted to stay healthy. They were one win away from clinching home court when they tipped off in Charlotte Tuesday night, but the top priority was health — especially considering the lack of incentive to chase down the third seed. Yet the Nuggets won all the same, in large part thanks to Michael Porter Jr.’s 30…...

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The Denver Nuggets rested Paul Millsap and sat Aaron Gordon (right calf tightness) in the second game of a back-to-back Saturday night. Michael Malone turned to the end of the bench for long stretches as the Nuggets opened up a substantial first-half lead over the Brooklyn Nets. But Blake Griffin caught fire in the third, while Kyrie Irving and Kevin…...

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It’s the season of Nikola Jokić. The NBA’s inevitable MVP is the bell of the ball these days and the center of attention in Wednesday night’s blowout of the Knicks. Jokić ended this game in his first stint, doubling up the Knicks by himself with 24 points in the first frame. He didn’t “effectively” end the game. He erased all…...

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The Denver Nuggets never quite found their way in defeat at the hands of the Lakers Monday night. The Nuggets stayed connected in a slog featuring some underwhelming first-half performances from Nikola Jokić and Michael Porter. The entire game looked as though it took place underwater as both teams gritted their teeth through a nationally televised grind fest. It wasn’t…...

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The Denver Nuggets are on another tear. Every time the basketball gods check the gut of this team, the Nuggets respond. Without Jamal Murray, Will Barton III, Monte Morris, and despite Michael Porter Jr.’s sprained left ankle, Denver pulled away from the Toronto Raptors late in the second game of a back-to-back. The Nuggets should have run out of gas,…...

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The Denver Nuggets closed the door tight on the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night. All they had to do was walk away. Inexplicably, they turned around and kicked the thing wide open again. The Pelicans closed the game on a 16-5 run after the Nuggets led by 13 with 3:18 remaining. As the Nuggets struggled to clear the lowest of…...

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The Denver Nuggets played host to the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night, and this time, Memphis was much closer to full strength. That didn’t slow down Nikola Jokić and Michael Porter Jr., however. The second unit busted the game wide open in the second half, and then the starters shut the door. The Nuggets aren’t feeling sorry for themselves. Let’s go…...

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The Denver Nuggets played the game in front of them Saturday night, and they played it well. With a full day to adjust to their new reality without Will Barton and playing a Houston Rockets team with just seven active players, Denver got back on track in Ball Arena. You have to nail the ‘Get Right’ games, and Denver got…...

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The Denver Nuggets would have endured a loss to the Golden State Warriors. Suboptimal that result would have been, it would be a far easier pill to swallow than what followed. But the Nuggets lost more than the game in Chase Center Friday night. After losing Jamal Murray indefinitely at the very end of a game in the same building,…...

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