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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B His forechecking presence still is not what it was when he was at his best in Philadelphia but he has genuinely fit in nicely on a line next to Jost and Newhook. His goal tonight showcased a little of the finishing ability we’ve seen previously in his career. A decent night for him. Andre Burakovsky -…...

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Jeff Green – A Jeff was the best player in a Nuggets uniform Tuesday night — which is equally as depressing as encouraging. He kept at it with the decisive drives and finally saw his three-point shot fall, knocking down three of four attempts from behind the arc. He’s struggled as a defender this season but picked up three blocks…...

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Jack Johnson – (C-) He was fine. Nothing egregious, but didn’t really contribute much. Eric Johnson – (D) HIs decision-making has been questionable, at best recently, and honestly it was more of the same tonight. He’s just not great with the puck on his stick anymore. Devon Toews – (B+) Don’t know how many times you can say it, Toews…...

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Aaron Gordon – B+ Gordon refused to punt an almost certain loss in Phoenix. He played hard and big, using his strength to dominate the glass and do damage at the rim. His night was cut short after a quick ejection from official Natalie Sago, though. He left the court fired up. Gordon was good, but not great. He matched…...

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Aaron Gordon – A Gordon rebounded from one of his worst games in a Nuggets uniform with one of his best. He scored 28 points on 12 shots, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out four assists. He resisted the urge to settle for jump shots and attacked the rim with conviction. Gordon bullied his way to the rack and the…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – B- He took another penalty but it was completely made-up nonsense. He also scored a goal, the seventh to make it 7-0, so it’s not like I’m giving him tons of credit for that. A fine performance after a mess of a first game. Something to build from. Andre Burakovsky – A+ I’ve always been harder on…...

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Nikola Jokić – A- Nikola Jokić went full world-destroyer in the first half. He dropped 27 points on just 12 shots, grabbed six rebounds, and recorded six assists in his first 19:25 of playing time. He was virtually unstoppable. And yet, the Nuggets trailed by six at the half. The Nuggets barely resembled the team that ripped off five straight…...

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Nicolas Aube-Kubel – F Is this too harsh for the new guy’s first game? Definitely, but welcome to a team that has expectations and standards. He was a total non-factor in the role in which he started and his biggest problem, taking penalties, showed up as he took the first Avs penalty of the game in which the Canucks used…...

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Nikola Jokić – A Jokić was the best player on the floor in Dallas but couldn’t overcome a late deficit after the Mavericks pulled away with Jokić on the bench. He scored 10 points in the fourth quarter but missed his 3s and left two points at the charity stripe. Without Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr., and Will Barton, the…...

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Nikola Jokić – A+ Jokić dropped 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists on 64/100/100 shooting splits in just 28 minutes. Basketball is frighteningly easy for him now, success requiring so little exertion. He’s reading defenses like children’s books and sleepwalking through a game famous for the athleticism and mental toughness it commands. The heavy burden weighing on his shoulders…...

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“Will Barton is playing at the highest level I’ve seen him play at.” Michael Malone Will Barton – A+ Without Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr., and Nikola Jokić, Wednesday night’s game had Barton’s name written all over it. The Denver Nuggets needed someone to step up and take charge against the Indiana Pacers, and Thrill obliged from the jump. He…...

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“For us, any win is great right now.” Michael Malone Nikola Jokić – A- Jokić fought hard on the glass all night and scored with ease through three quarters. He recorded just two assists, but that was a symptom of his teammates’ poor shooting. Denver shot 9 of 40 from deep, and that they even hit nine feels shocking. By…...

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“I will live with Nikola taking that shot regardless of the result 1,000 times out of 1,000.” Michael Malone Nikola Jokić – A Nikola Jokić stuck around with the bench when Malone subbed the starters out early in the first quarter. He had to battle through a tough stretch, which put a dent in his +/- and muddied his performance.…...

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“I didn’t think we were ready to play.” Michael Malone Nikola Jokić – B+ Jokić was the best player in the first half, but Ja Morant ran away with that distinction, and the Grizzlies ran away with the game in the second. Jokić handed a competitive game to a dreadful bench in the third quarter, and by the time he…...

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Will Barton did not play a good game in Minnesota Saturday night. Few Nuggets did, actually, and even Nikola Jokić got off to a slow start on the second night of a back-to-back. The new and improved Timberwolves boasted strength, hops, and a fearless mindset on the glass. Denver trailed for a significant portion of the game and almost forfeited…...

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Despite managing a Right Knee Contusion, Nikola Jokić suited up and started for the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Jokić conducted on one end, and Aaron Gordon dominated the other as his defense on Luka Doncic paved the way for a blowout victory in Ball Arena. Let’s go to the grades: Nikola Jokić – A Jokić barely broke a sweat…...

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Andre Burakovsky – C Better than his game two nights ago but still not what the Avalanche needs from him. He missed an open net on a backdoor tap-in off a centering feed from MacKinnon. That’s what he needs. Something to build some confidence from, something to go right for him. It didn’t happen tonight and he remains a player…...

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The loudest silence permeated The DNVR Bar Tuesday night as the reigning NBA MVP, Nikola Jokić, writhed in pain and grabbed his right knee. He collapsed to the ground after a knee-to-knee collision with Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. It looked potentially severe, and Jokić never returned to the game, but the initial diagnosis is a ‘Knee Contusion’ —…...

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Andre Burakovsky – F Terrible analytics on a night where the Avs were actually okay in that department. Being outshot 11-4 with him on the ice, it was just another night where Colorado could have really used a Burakovsky with some jump. Instead, they got another lazy, soft night from a player who is really searching for his game right…...

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The Denver Nuggets hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers at home Monday night with two days rest after a 2-0 start. Naturally, they laid an egg. The night began with Lauri Markannen sending Nikola Jokić tumbling into the shadow realm via a thunderous fastbreak dunk. It was a harbinger of the vibes to come. The Nuggets have their first loss of the…...

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