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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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1. PJ Dozier has the physical tools and feel for the game to be a very good and versatile defender. Both things were on display in the clip below as Dozier attacks his man on the closes out but manages to stay in front of him on the drive. His length allows him to wall off the easy angle at…...

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1. Nikola Jokic is absolutely dominant in the post when you surround him with proper floor spacers. Three spot up shooters and one athletic rebounder in the dunker spot is almost an unfair advantage for Joker. https://youtu.be/Xv5SfmWg1HU 2. PJ Dozier’s length allows him to see over the defense, a trait that becomes especially valuable when playing alongside Jokic. If a…...

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One of the emerging story lines from the last few games has been how Michael Malone and the Denver Nuggets are slowly adapting the offensive playbook to fit the players who are available to the team right now. Some of those actions feature the two-man game of Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. Others feature Jokic and Jerami Grant. As…...

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1. One of the most memorable plays of last season was the Nikola Jokic, Mason Plumlee pick and roll (PnR), a rare combination from two centers. Last night, the Denver Nuggets might’ve stumbled upon a new, equally as rare but perhaps even more sustainable action between Jokic and Jerami Grant. https://youtu.be/eAaonrT_288 It looked like Jokic was sharing a laugh with…...

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1. Torrey Craig does a lot of things well on the defensive end. Here, watch how light he is on his toes and how early he meets the rolling big man as a back side defender before sprinting out to the corner to take away the three-point shot. https://youtu.be/oqtbbV_m4YA In the second example, he meets Sabonis even higher up the…...

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“The List” is a brand new series that serves as a companion piece for the “Notebook” episodes of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and the DNVR Nuggets podcast. In this edition, I share notes on Michael Porter Jr. punishing switches and Jerami Grant’s defense on Kawhi Leonard. 1. At 6’10” tall, Michael Porter Jr. presents a matchup problem against teams…...

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“The List” is a brand new series that serves as a companion piece for the “Notebook” episodes of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and the DNVR Nuggets podcast. In this edition, I share some notes on what fueled the win over the Dallas Mavericks. 1. Jerami Grant had one of his best games in a Denver Nuggets uniform last night,…...

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“The List” is a brand new series that serves as a companion piece for the “Notebook” episodes of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and the DNVR Nuggets podcast. In this edition, I share some notes on Nikola Jokic’s career night and Michael Porter Jr.’s continued struggles with the playbook. 1. Paul Millsap has struggled on both ends of the court…...

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“The List” is a brand new series that (usually) serves as a companion piece for the “Notebook” episodes of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and the DNVR Nuggets podcast. In this edition, I take a look at Bol Bol’s eight games in the NBA G-League and talk about how he might fit alongside Nikola Jokic. 1. The first thing that…...

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“The List” is a brand new series that serves as a companion piece for the “Notebook” episodes of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and the DNVR Nuggets podcast. In this edition, I share notes on Michael Porter Jr.’s first start of the season and the slow developing chemistry of Jerami Grant and Nikola Jokic. 1. The Nuggets opened the game…...

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“The List” is a brand new series that serves as a companion piece for the “Notebook” episodes of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and the DNVR Nuggets podcast. In this edition, I share some notes on the win over the Memphis Grizzlies at Pepsi Center. 1. As the season unfolds, the Nuggets are adding new wrinkles to common plays in…...

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