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There will be no third comeback. The Denver Nuggets fell 117-107 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, and a season to remember finally reaches its conclusion nearly a full year after it started. A ‘Gentlemen’s Sweep’ by the Los Angeles Lakers is an unceremonious exit for a team that captured Denver’s hearts, the national audience’s respect, and the…...

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After the Denver Nuggets led wire-to-wire over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals, the prevailing narrative was that they caught the Clippers sleeping. The latter is prone to let up games and hadn’t appeared to take Denver seriously all season. What a surprise it was to learn that Game 3, in which the Clippers…...

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How do you earn the respect of your opponents and the national media? Responding to a blowout with a wire-to-wire win over consensus title contenders is a good start. The Denver Nuggets blitzed the Los Angeles Clippers in the first quarter, grabbing an early lead they wouldn’t relinquish and setting the tone for a 110-101 victory in Game 2. Sorry…...

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There are levels to this game. Just two days after the Denver Nuggets completed a 3-1 series comeback and Game 7 victory over the Utah Jazz, they were confronted with a sobering wake-up call. The San Antonio Spurs were a weak playoff team last season. The Portland Trail Blazers represented the Western Conference Finals by default. The Jazz played a…...

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The day may come when NuggLife breaks us. When our courage fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. The Denver Nuggets completed a 3-1 series comeback over the Utah Jazz Tuesday night, becoming just the 12th team in NBA history to pull off the feat, and advancing to the…...

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This electric series between the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz will go seven games, thanks to the heroics of Jamal Murray, who dropped 50 for the second time this series and scored 40+ for the third straight game Sunday night. The series kicked off with Nuggets fans wondering when Donovan Mitchell would ever cool off. Now, with a Game 7…...

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There will be no mercy-kill. If the Utah Jazz is to win this series, they’ll have to fight for it after Jamal Murray, and the Denver Nuggets clawed their way out of a self-dug grave Tuesday night. A late adjustment to both the lineup and the pick-and-roll defense from Head Coach Michael Malone set the stage for a Tier 1…...

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The Denver Nuggets care. Or at least Jamal Murray does. He showed us that much in the 129-127 loss to the Utah Jazz in Game 4. But Donovan Mitchell reminded us how low that bar is, and how frustrating it is that it needed reaffirming in a playoff setting. Utah is peaking at the right time. The series is all…...

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Before Game 3 between the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz tipped off Friday, a reporter asked Michael Malone about tactical adjustments after the loss in Game 2. He wasn’t too interested in the question. “Before we make an adjustment, let’s do what the hell we’re supposed to do correctly,” Malone told the media. Of course, the Nuggets did adjust their…...

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For a brief moment, it seemed that Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz wrote the perfect script to steal Game 1, only to lose anyway. But in Game 2, a 124-105 loss for the Denver Nuggets, the Jazz wrote something better. The Jazz found and exploited Denver’s biggest weakness, three-point defense, which has not improved from the seeding games to…...

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What a welcome back to the NBA Playoffs for Jamal Murray, the Denver Nuggets, and the team’s increasingly hopeful fanbase. Murray all but literally caught on fire in the fourth quarter, and overtime as the Nuggets took an electrifying Game 1 by a score of 135-125. The 10-point margin of victory doesn’t do justice to the game Donovan Mitchell, and…...

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The Denver Nuggets fell short of a seeding game win over the Clippers Wednesday night. Or, depending on your perspective, they came up clutch in the 124-111 loss — locking themselves into the 3-seed and a favorable first-round matchup with their rivals, the Utah Jazz. Whether Malone intentionally threw a game, or simply opted not to injure his roster any…...

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