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Paul Millsap came to Denver as one of the NBA’s ironmen, playing in 837 of a possible 886 games spanning from his rookie year in Utah to his 11th professional season, when Millsap was selected to his fourth straight All-Star game as an Atlanta Hawk. But with time and age comes wear and tear, and even for some of the…...

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At 16-7, the Nuggets sit high atop the Western Conference standings, looking down at the Warriors, Rockets, Trail Blazers, Jazz, Thunder and every other playoff team that qualified for the postseason ahead of them last year. So how did Denver arrive here? Here are five numbers that explain why the Nuggets have clicked so far this season and why their hot start is no accident. 103.5 The Nuggets are only allowing 103.5 points per 100 possessions this season, good for the third-best defense in the league. A year ago, Denver gave up 109.9 points per 100 possessions and was the 23rd-ranked defense. The Nuggets have also seen their field goal percentage defense jump up from 30th overall in 2017-18 to…

The pass was so on point, it caught Malik Beasley off guard. The bloodbath was already on Tuesday when Monte Morris, Beasley’s back court running mate, delivered a dart while falling out of bounds that surprised the player who only half a second earlier was calling for the ball with both hands raised in the air. Beasley hesitated before stroking a corner 3 that pushed Denver’s lead to 24. “I literally caught the ball and said, ‘Oh my God. This kid can pass the ball,” Beasley said. “He’s something special.” During a timeout later that quarter, Morris asked Beasley why he took so long to get a shot off. “I was like, ‘Damn, I didn’t even know I was getting…

Monte Morris always stays locked. Scroll through Morris’ Instagram or click through his latest posts on Snapchat and you’ll see the Iowa State product’s favorite emoji plastered all over his latest pictures and videos. Sometimes Morris tags the locked emoji onto the end of an IG caption. Sometimes it stands alone accompanying a video. Morris started using the emoji over a year ago. It began as a secret code of sorts, something that he sent into social media world to represent the laser-like focus that he brings to the court. Now, fans and teammates flood the comment section of his posts with the same gold and silver lock, pledging their allegiance to Morris’ movement. “It’s just about being locked in,”…

Eight nuggets for the amount of times Anthony Davis got to the free throw line in the fourth quarter of a 125-115 loss. 1. Jrue Holliday cut through the Nuggets’ pick and roll coverage like an electric knife through a turkey. With eight minutes to go, Holliday breezed between Mason Plumlee and Jamal Murray, got to the rim and laid...

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Twenty-four hours before Jamal Murray’s 48-point tour de force that led the Nuggets to a 115-107 win over the Celtics, Denver’s starting point guard was on the same hardwood where he’d post his career-high in points Monday evening, rehearsing the exact shots and movements he’d soon perform to perfection against Kyrie Irving. Murray’s dress rehearsal was a precursor to the best game of his young career. It took the 21-year-old just 30 shots to tally 48 points. Murray dominated the ebbs and flows of Denver’s win from the game’s opening tip to the final fourth-quarter buzzer. Here’s what transpired at Pepsi Center, from Nuggets shootaround the morning of, to Murray’s postgame comments on a night that he, his teammates, coaches…

Darrell Arthur knew Nikola Jokic was special from the first time he saw the big man run, or better yet, lumber down the court. It was August 2015, and Jameer Nelson had flown his teammates out to Philadelphia on his own dime for “Dig Deep Week,” an informal minicamp where Nuggets players could bond with one another before the season....

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Down by two and in need of a steal and a score with under 10 seconds remaining in a March 2016 matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, the Nuggets got a clutch defensive play from their head coach. With Chandler Parsons inbounding the ball near Denver’s bench, Michael Malone played the role of the Nuggets’ sixth defender, jumping up and down...

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When Jonathan Morse found out earlier this year that the Perth Wildcats were traveling to Denver for a preseason matchup with his hometown Nuggets, he thought he’d be attending the game as a fan. Morse played last season for East Perth, a second-division team in Australia’s State Basketball League and had trained with Perth’s top club during the preseason. He...

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SAN DIEGO — A year before LeBron James posted an Instagram picture of the bright neon sign “I Am More Than An Athlete”, imploring his counterparts around the globe to not shut up and dribble but strive to make an impact in their communities, Xavier Silas was already hard at work living The King’s Gospel. Silas, currently signed to a training camp deal with the Denver Nuggets, founded Give Sports in 2017, a Denver-based youth basketball program for kids ages 6-17 that doubles as a philanthropic organization that requires its players to participate in charitable work within their communities. Over the past year, Give has morphed into a full-blown AAU program with nationally-ranked teams in both the 7th and 8th…

The Detroit Pistons were such heavy underdogs against the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 Finals that in order to place a bet on the Lakers that netted you $100, you had to wager $800. No one outside of Detroit’s close-knit locker room gave the Pistons a puncher’s chance against Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Phil Jackson and Hollywood’s latest version...

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Arturas Karnisovas couldn’t make it through his first practice alongside Arvydas Sabonis without getting conked on the head by one of the big man’s bullets. In the summer of 1992, Karnisovas and Sabonis were back home in their native country of Lithuania gearing up for the Olympics in Barcelona. Karnisovas had just wrapped up his sophomore year at Seton Hall while Sabonis, seven years his senior, was already dominating competition as a pro in Europe.  Karnisovas was familiar with Sabonis’ game at that point; he’d watched him play enough to know that the 7-foot-3 giant’s blend of power and skill was special. But it wasn’t until Karnisovas tossed the ball to Sabonis in the high post, cut to the basket…

On Nov. 30, 2015, DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell and the Illinois State Redbirds marched into Rupp Arena to face the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats and their highly-touted freshman guard Jamal Murray. Kentucky won 75-63 but Akoon-Purcell got the better of his future Nuggets’ teammate in the head-to-head matchup. He remembers it well. “I kind of went off that game. I think I had 22 (points) and six (rebounds),” said Akoon-Purcell, rattling off his exact stat line from the game that took place nearly four years ago. “We were matched up that game too. Jamal didn’t’ really do that much. He was the main guy on the scouting report for us and we focused in on him really well. He really didn’t get off how he did…

If Michael Porter Jr. is as good on the basketball court as he is at the video game NBA 2K, the Nuggets are in good shape. Porter sent out a tweet from his official Twitter account at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night asking if anyone in Denver wanted to play the popular NBA video game for money. Royal Gomez, an 18-year-old Nuggets fan, responded. A few minutes later, Porter hopped in Gomez’s Direct Messages. Eventually, Porter told him to meet downtown at his apartment. “I thought he was serious about playing,” said Gomez, who spoke with BSN Denver Tuesday afternoon. “But I thought we were going to play over the internet. Not at his house on his Xbox. He was like, ‘Come downtown.'”…

It’s been just over two years since Isaiah Thomas warned general managers and owners around the league that they “better bring out the Brinks truck” if they wanted to secure his services once he hit the free agent market. It was a bold proclamation at the time from the ever-confident Thomas, but one that came with merit. Thomas was coming off a breakout season in Boston — his first full year with the Celtics — where he averaged 22.9 points per game. After failing to find a consistent role or the organizational trust that any player craves in either of his first two stops in Sacramento and Phoenix, Thomas was the star player and starting point guard for the Celtics.…

LAS VEGAS — Monte Morris stamped out any faint hope the Milwaukee Bucks were clinging to. In the final game of group play Monday at NBA Summer League, the Bucks were in possession down five with 20 seconds to go. D.J. Wilson got jammed up along the three-point arc and tried to find teammate Jordan Barnett, but Morris read the...

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LAS VEGAS — The Nuggets were fully aware of the risks involved when they selected Michael Porter Jr. 14th overall in last month’s draft. His surgery in November — a L3-L4 microdiscectomy on his lower back — and medical red flags damaged the former projected top pick’s draft stock enough for 12 teams to pass on him. Because of the...

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One came from Serbia, the other from the rolling Black Hills of South Dakota. Together, they’re the ‘Black Serbs,’ and they’re out to bridge the gap between their two drastically different worlds. This is their unlikely story. Meet David Brkljac When the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) bombed the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999, David Brkljac and his...

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He has faced intense scrutiny from fans about his schemes and rotations over his three-year run at the Nuggets’ helm. He has dealt with backlash from pundits regarding his failure to coach a league-average defense throughout his time in Denver. Those narratives may have clouded how some view Michael Malone the coach, but the outside noise is nonexistent inside the walls of the Nuggets’ locker room. Denver’s season ended in dramatic fashion Wednesday night in Minnesota. The Nuggets fell in overtime to the Timberwolves 112-106. Minnesota clinched its first playoff berth in 14 seasons as Denver’s time without a postseason appearance stretched to five years — the last three of which came under Malone’s watch. He’ll return next year for a…

The Nuggets were battered and bruised following their 114-110 loss in Toronto on March 27 — the sixth game of a season-long seven-game road trip. Denver’s narrow four-point loss to the Raptors was the Nuggets’ fourth defeat in 10 days, and after losses in Memphis, Miami and Philadelphia, Michael Malone was worried his players might start to check out with his team two games out of the playoff race. So the Nuggets’ coach got confirmation from his players on two separate fronts. “He brought us in and we all talked, and he just wanted to make sure we were all on the same page and guys still believed that we could get to the playoffs and still win games,” Will…

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