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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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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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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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Harrison Wind and Adam Mares breakdown over 20 film clips from the last two Denver Nuggets games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9s9FPjllKk Topics include: Start – 0:00 Manimal back with the Gold – 3:30 Warriors commentators – 12:00 Jokic trying to clear the paint – 15:06 Jokic not biting – 17:04 Zeke great screen on reversal – 18:53 JMyke & Bones – 24:02 JMyke…...

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It’s been a week since the last episode of THE LIST so Adam Mares and Harrison Wind break down film from the Nuggets’ previous four games today. Topics include: Davon Reed fitting in Aaron Gordon high-low passing Bones Hyland’s footwork on catch and shoot jumpers An underrated skill for Gordon The comparison between Monte Morris and Jamal Murray Jeff Green…...

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Join Adam Mares and Harrison Wind as they break down tape from the Denver Nuggets over their last two games. Topics include: Zeke Nnaji’s defense Jokic’s footwork Finishing cuts Zeke’s shot release An underrated signature pass from Jokic How Chicago defended Jokic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKKRayF7sTo...

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In this episode, Adam Mares and Harrison Wind share their updated perspectives on the cheap shots exchanged between Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris. Then, the guys break down film on what was easily the best win of the season for the Denver Nuggets and the most encouraging stylistic performance the team has had all season. https://youtu.be/nJTOX7QkXkg

1. The first clip here perfectly illustrates how shallow the playbook is for summer league, especially when half of the roster is forced to quarantine for health and safety protocols. If you turn up the volume, you can hear Charles Klask call out the play: “spread iso.” Fortunately, Bones Hyland has been at his best when given spacing and freedom.…...

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1. The first thing to know about Bones Hyland is that he was far and away the most important player on the VCU roster. He averaged 19.5 points per game this season, almost twice as many as the second highest scorer on the roster and nearly three times as much as the team’s third leading scorer. He was their offense. The…...

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1. Chris Paul is dominating this series so far and he is doing it by getting into the paint off of PnRs with slow, controlled dribbles into the paint before finding the open man. By snaking the screen and keeping the on ball defender on his hip, Paul is able to slowly inch towards the paint while the help defenders…...

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1. Jusuf Nurkic is the key to this series. When he is effective, the Blazers are effective. He is a +54 overall in a series that is almost perfectly even and has fouled out in all 3 of the games that the Blazers have lost. The Nuggets can’t count on him to foul out of game 6 (although they will…...

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1. The Portland Trail Blazers are starting to target Michael Porter Jr. more and more. The key to attacking Porter in PnR is to disguise the action and make the read as complicated as possible. One of the Blazers’ go-to plays for this is a “stack” PnR. https://youtu.be/k6ZKyWnE_AU 2. The other action that the Blazers are going to is a…...

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1. Two games into this series and it is clear that the key battleground will be the Portland Trail Blazers’ pick-and-roll (PnR). In game one, Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets tried defending ball screens by having Jokic step right around the three-point line, a few feet lower than the level of the screen. As a result, Damian Lillard and…...

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1. This first clip provides a nice baseline view of what makes guarding the Portland Trail Blazers so difficult. With three elite floor spacers around the perimeter and two great off-the-dribble three-point shooters in Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Blazers are able to set their ball screens well above the three-point line and forcing Nikola Jokic to step far…...

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1. Jokic took 6 three-pointers in the first two meetings with the Blazers and 3 in the first half of the last game. It’s safe to assume he will attempt at least six threes in each game throughout this series. He might need to take even more. He’ll also have to convert them at a high rate. Nurkic isn’t a…...

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1. The mapping out of a play is less than half of the battle in basketball. The timing, rhythm, and subtle reads that each player makes are what determine if a play will generate an open shot or not. The two clips below provide nice examples of this. In the first clip, both Michael Porter Jr. and Aaron Gordon elect…...

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1. Some turnovers are solely the result of a sloppy play or a missed reads. Others are heavily influenced by poor spacing that allows the defense to double the passer, crowd passing lanes, and eliminate large portions of the court. The turnover below is a great example of how easy the Nuggets are to defend when they place non-shooters alongside…...

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1. Aaron Gordon’s on-ball defense has exceeded expectations. He had shown flashes of elite defense throughout his career, most notably in the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs where he did an admirable job against Kawhi Leonard over the course of their five-game series. But through four games with the Denver Nuggets, Gordon has looked like a first-team all-defensive…...

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