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Jeff Green – A Jeff was the best player in a Nuggets uniform Tuesday night — which is equally as depressing as encouraging. He kept at it with the decisive drives and finally saw his three-point shot fall, knocking down three of four attempts from behind the arc. He’s struggled as a defender this season but picked up three blocks…...

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Aaron Gordon – B+ Gordon refused to punt an almost certain loss in Phoenix. He played hard and big, using his strength to dominate the glass and do damage at the rim. His night was cut short after a quick ejection from official Natalie Sago, though. He left the court fired up. Gordon was good, but not great. He matched…...

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Aaron Gordon – A Gordon rebounded from one of his worst games in a Nuggets uniform with one of his best. He scored 28 points on 12 shots, grabbed nine rebounds, and dished out four assists. He resisted the urge to settle for jump shots and attacked the rim with conviction. Gordon bullied his way to the rack and the…...

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Nikola Jokić – A- Nikola Jokić went full world-destroyer in the first half. He dropped 27 points on just 12 shots, grabbed six rebounds, and recorded six assists in his first 19:25 of playing time. He was virtually unstoppable. And yet, the Nuggets trailed by six at the half. The Nuggets barely resembled the team that ripped off five straight…...

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Nikola Jokić – A+ Jokić dropped 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists on 64/100/100 shooting splits in just 28 minutes. Basketball is frighteningly easy for him now, success requiring so little exertion. He’s reading defenses like children’s books and sleepwalking through a game famous for the athleticism and mental toughness it commands. The heavy burden weighing on his shoulders…...

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“Will Barton is playing at the highest level I’ve seen him play at.” Michael Malone Will Barton – A+ Without Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr., and Nikola Jokić, Wednesday night’s game had Barton’s name written all over it. The Denver Nuggets needed someone to step up and take charge against the Indiana Pacers, and Thrill obliged from the jump. He…...

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“For us, any win is great right now.” Michael Malone Nikola Jokić – A- Jokić fought hard on the glass all night and scored with ease through three quarters. He recorded just two assists, but that was a symptom of his teammates’ poor shooting. Denver shot 9 of 40 from deep, and that they even hit nine feels shocking. By…...

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“I will live with Nikola taking that shot regardless of the result 1,000 times out of 1,000.” Michael Malone Nikola Jokić – A Nikola Jokić stuck around with the bench when Malone subbed the starters out early in the first quarter. He had to battle through a tough stretch, which put a dent in his +/- and muddied his performance.…...

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“I didn’t think we were ready to play.” Michael Malone Nikola Jokić – B+ Jokić was the best player in the first half, but Ja Morant ran away with that distinction, and the Grizzlies ran away with the game in the second. Jokić handed a competitive game to a dreadful bench in the third quarter, and by the time he…...

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Will Barton did not play a good game in Minnesota Saturday night. Few Nuggets did, actually, and even Nikola Jokić got off to a slow start on the second night of a back-to-back. The new and improved Timberwolves boasted strength, hops, and a fearless mindset on the glass. Denver trailed for a significant portion of the game and almost forfeited…...

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Despite managing a Right Knee Contusion, Nikola Jokić suited up and started for the Denver Nuggets on Friday night. Jokić conducted on one end, and Aaron Gordon dominated the other as his defense on Luka Doncic paved the way for a blowout victory in Ball Arena. Let’s go to the grades: Nikola Jokić – A Jokić barely broke a sweat…...

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The loudest silence permeated The DNVR Bar Tuesday night as the reigning NBA MVP, Nikola Jokić, writhed in pain and grabbed his right knee. He collapsed to the ground after a knee-to-knee collision with Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. It looked potentially severe, and Jokić never returned to the game, but the initial diagnosis is a ‘Knee Contusion’ —…...

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The Denver Nuggets hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers at home Monday night with two days rest after a 2-0 start. Naturally, they laid an egg. The night began with Lauri Markannen sending Nikola Jokić tumbling into the shadow realm via a thunderous fastbreak dunk. It was a harbinger of the vibes to come. The Nuggets have their first loss of the…...

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The Denver Nuggets returned to Ball Arena for the home opener Friday night as they hosted the San Antonio Spurs. The starters came out flat, the bench picked them up, and Nikola Jokić carried everyone home in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t a pretty team performance, but it was another masterpiece from the reigning MVP. Sometimes that’s all you need.…...

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The Denver Nuggets feel as though they’ve got some unfinished business. A cracked and withered roster came to terms with a harsh reality in Phoenix when their previous season reached an unceremonious conclusion. Jamal Murray is still recovering, but the rest of the roster was healthy for the season opener against the Suns. The Nuggets found their dignity right where…...

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“I tried my best. I didn’t want to lose. I was trying to give everything I got.” – Nikola Jokić Nikola Jokić – A Jokić became the third player in postseason history to record at least 30 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists in a single game. He scored 32 points, two more than the rest of the starters combined.…...

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“I felt we quit tonight.” -Michael Malone Nikola Jokić – A- The Nuggets are standing and watching Jokić. The movement dried up, and the opposition is keying in on the only player concerning them. Yes, we can identify several possessions in which Jokić might have looked to pass instead of score. And he failed to take advantage of Deandre Ayton’s…...

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Monty Williams should be the NBA’s Coach of the Year, but the regular-season award went to the face of a glamour market renaissance instead. Since the regular season ended, the Knicks looked hopeless in their first-round matchup with the Hawks, and the Suns look like a team well-equipped to make a title run. The Suns don’t make mistakes, and they…...

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“I love our team. I love every player in our locker room 1-17.” -Michael Malone Never before had the Michael Malone-led Denver Nuggets won a series in less than seven games. The Nuggets had yet even to win a game while leading in a playoff series. Despite the tiring run in the bubble, despite three seemingly crippling injuries, the Nuggets…...

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“We won and lost that game so many times.” -Michael Malone Nikola Jokić – A+ The burden undertaken here is unfathomable. Jokić has nowhere to hide without his second-best player and as a center in a guard’s league. It’s not enough to carry the offense, but also his positionally bound duty to contest every rebound. To fight in the trenches…...

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