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1. Lou Williams was a team-best +50 overall through the first 4 games of the series. Known as a microwave scorer but poor defender, the Clippers managed to hold a team-best 96.9 defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) when Williams was on the court over those first 4 games. Over the course of the last two games, the Nuggets…...

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1. The challenge Gary Harris has as the backside defender in the PnR. https://youtu.be/VAiBzaavvyU 2. The inconsistency of Michael Porter Jr. as the backside defender in the PnR. https://youtu.be/-ai7CY3mbqo 3. I love how Nikola Jokic splits his feet on the catch before making this beautiful spin move. https://youtu.be/3dFx9fF7GRg 4. The Nuggets are having a hard time opening up the paint…...

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1. On recent episodes of the DNVR Nuggets podcast, I’ve talked about the impact Nikola Jokic can have on Donovan Mitchell’s pull-up three-point shooting by providing the facade of defense when he plays higher up the court on ball screens. Below is a great example of that. Jokic isn’t really contesting this shot, but it at least gives Mitchell a…...

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1. The most important question that will determine which team wins game 6 will be whether or not the Denver Nuggets have figured out a way to defend the Utah Jazz pick-and-roll (PnR). In game 5, the Nuggets held the Jazz to just 44 points in the 2nd half in part because of their ability to contain Donovan Mitchell with…...

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A not-so-fun statistic to jumpstart today’s edition of the list: The Utah Jazz have the NBA’s #1 offense since Christmas Eve. That was true before the NBA arrived inside of the Orlando bubble but it has only become more true as they have carved up the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs. So perhaps it isn’t that much of…...

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1. The first video on today’s edition of THE LIST is courtesy of Gibson Pyper, the curator of the fantastic YouTube channel, Half Court Hoops. He highlights the exact wrinkle that the Utah Jazz have utilized to demolish the Denver Nuggets in both games one and two and the various ways in which the Nuggets have tried to stop it.…...

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1. Here is a great example of Michael Porter Jr. can put pressure on the defense when he brings the ball up the court. https://youtu.be/a6b_pyGcXHo 2. The Utah Jazz do a great job of disguising their screens. In this clip, Donovan Mitchell catches Michael Porter Jr. by surprise when he appears to be cutting through to the corner before diving right…...

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How can the Nuggets advance past the Jazz? It probably comes down to how Denver defends and how Utah shoots the three.

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1. After the game, Michael Malone fumed over Denver’s defensive effort and ranking dead last in defensive efficiency through 7 games inside of the bubble. I’m curious if he’ll feel the same way on Friday having rewatched the tape. https://youtu.be/u77pO1fcJ9I 2. One of the most encouraging things that stood out on second watch of the game was the budding three-man…...

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In the first episode of this limited run show, Adam Mares and George Karl discuss recent trends in the NBA, the challenges NBA coaches are facing with a short training camp and unique variables inside the NBA bubble, and a variety of topics surrounding the Denver Nuggets. Timestamps 7:30 – What would you change about the modern NBA game? 12:00…...

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1. I’ve mentioned this before but Jerami Grant has a dribble crutch and it is his right to left neutral dribble that he uses on most of his dribble drives. I haven’t seen a team sit on it too much yet but it is certainly the type of thing that will pop up in a playoff scouting report. More importantly,…...

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1.  Jerami Grant is 6’9″ with an 8’11” standing reach, a long stride, and an impressive vertical jump. So why does he so rarely put people on a poster? https://youtu.be/J0wbe5iZkKc 2.  Michael Porter Jr., on the other hand, really maximizes his physical gifts. His cutting is phenomenal thanks in part to how actively he works to place himself in scoring…...

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This edition of THE LIST is a companion piece to Monday’s episode of the DNVR Nuggets podcast. 1. This was an interesting take on the inverted 5-1 PnR that Nikola Jokic often runs with Jamal Murray. https://youtu.be/bEH_YJKkWwA 2. Communicating on defense should be made easier inside this bubble setting, void of fans and excess background noise. It should also be…...

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1. In this clip, Troy Daniels does a really nice job of demonstrating how to pull the on ball defender (and help defender) by reacting to the angle the defender tries to take around a screen. It’s subtle, but if you look closely you’ll notice Troy Daniels begin to curl around the screen towards the ball for a handoff before…...

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It’s hard to pinpoint just what exactly is going on with the Denver Nuggets since the all-star break two weeks ago. The Nuggets are just 4-4 since the break with blowout losses to two Western Conference playoff teams and two additional losses to two of the league’s five worst teams. Nikola Jokic has gone from looking like the best center…...

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1. I have no idea if playing Nikola Jokic alongside three guards/wings is the best way to win games, but I am certain it’s the best way to get the most highlights out of Jokic. With Paul Millsap out nursing a twisted ankle and Mason Plumlee out with three quick fouls, Jokic got some run alongside Michael Porter Jr., Monte…...

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1. The Denver Nuggets turned up their defensive intensity against the Detroit Pistons. It wasn’t just that they help the Pistons under 100 points, the focus and attention to detail was evident from the first quarter until garbage time. Just watch how many rotations, switches, and recoveries take place in the one example below. https://youtu.be/dW7wO9_ZE9w 2. The starting point for…...

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1. Michael Porter Jr. has a tendency to get knocked off of his spot in the post or on the wing. Some of this has to do with his slender build, a weakness that will likely improve rapidly as he starts to add muscle and strength. But he also has a lot of room for improvement with his footwork. In…...

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1. Nikola Jokic has been a “point center” since he arrived in the NBA back in 2015. That unofficial title has more or less meant that Jokic is the primary pivot point of the offense. The fulcrum, if you will. But “center” is his true position and “point” merely refers to the fact that the “point guard” is usually the…...

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