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Nikola Jokić – A+ The Clippers know precisely how to defend this iteration of the Denver Nuggets, and they knew exactly how to steal a game in Ball Arena. They game-planned well and executed well, but Jokić denied them the prize with a fury-fueled scoring fest in the second half. The Nuggets looked dead in the water at halftime. The…...

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1. I really love the Reed-Hyland combination, primarily for the fact that you combine two players with “sneaky wingspans.” It’s well documented that the league is skewing longer on the perimeter but often times that is thought of merely as “taller.” But wingspan and reach may be just as important as height and “sneaky wingspan” may be even more valuable…...

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The Nuggets acquire one of the best available 3-point shooters on the trade market.

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Murray has ramped up his on-court work. It's been impossible to miss if you've been paying attention.

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Nikola Jokić – A  Jokić was tremendous against the Jazz, who fell back into the strategy of drastic staggering and tons of Rudy Gobert minutes alongside the second unit. The Jazz had no answer for Jokić once he actually caught the ball, but that proved distressingly tricky for the Nuggets once again. Denver’s starters did enough to win their minutes…...

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Nikola Jokić – A Jokić needed only to apply pressure for a select and timely duration. Dwight Howard found himself in early foul trouble, and Jokić flipped a switch when he recognized the opportunity. He went right at Howard, forcing fouls and cooking overzealous defense. He took Howard out of the game, then shifted down from attack mode to opportunist.…...

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Nikola Jokić – A- Jokić appeared content with only 28:27 of playing time against the Blazers. He seemed unbothered by the wide-open threes from Jusuf Nurkić and the possibility of another meltdown at the half. Denver played healthy and happy basketball against Portland, and their best player didn’t need to dig deep for an MVP-worthy performance. He finished with 20…...

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Could Bol play for the Nuggets again?

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Nikola Jokić – A- Jokić turned it over too many times and only got 14 shots up. Neither rests solely on his shoulders, as poor spacing helped lead to the former, and worse entry passing led to the latter. Denver spent the second half figuring out how to get their reigning MVP the ball, which was futile. Malone closed with…...

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1. “I love to play with him.” That’s what the reigning MVP said about JaMychal Green when asked about playing alongside him in the starting lineup over the last two games. You can see a certain chemistry between those two on the court. More importantly, you can see a certain skillset that JMyke brings that is unique to the Nuggets’…...

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Nikola Jokić – B Nikola Jokić didn’t look too interested in dominating the Thunder. The starters got off to a crisp and balanced effort in the first quarter, and Hercules caught a whiff off a day off. He threw two disrespectful passes in the first, the first qualifying in its audacity, the second in its apathy. Jokić did make his…...

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Austin Rivers has been an unlikely hero before. He was one again Sunday in OKC.

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Nikola Jokić – A+ On another night, Jokić might have let the referees get to his head. He might’ve taken himself out of the game, or earned a technical foul, or maybe an ejection. We headed that way Friday night, but Jokić caught himself and took a different approach. Instead, he directed his fury at the Kings, scoring through the…...

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Hyland is the key to the Nuggets' second unit and maybe Denver as a whole.

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Trade season is heating up and Denver has two big positions of need.

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1. I’ve been harping on the Nuggets coaching staff giving Nikola Jokic the Facu-Rivers backcourt for the last several weeks. That trio somehow manages just a 93.9 offensive rating in 95 minutes so far this season, an unfathomably low mark for a lineup featuring the reigning MVP and one of the most dynamic offensive engines in the league today. It…...

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Nikola Jokić – A+ Jokić was phenomenal against double-teams, triple-teams, and a lot of contact in the paint. As a playmaker, he picked Utah apart and sped up the pace to beat the help as a scorer. Without Rudy Gobert and Hassan Whiteside, the Jazz couldn’t keep Jokić off the glass either. He finished with 26 points, 21 rebounds, and…...

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Nikola Jokić – A The Dallas Mavericks knew precisely how they wanted to guard Jokić alongside a depleted starting lineup. They doubled him every time he touched the ball. They were willing to front him and dare Denver’s guards to drop entry passes over the top. The blueprint is out on stopping the shorthanded Nuggets, but that didn’t stop Jokić…...

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Dirk Nowitzki played with the Dallas Mavericks for his entire career. That clearly means a lot to Nikola Jokic.

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Here's what's behind the point guard's month-plus run of really quality play.

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