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In today’s episode of What Makes This Play Great, I look at a play that George Karl and the Denver Nuggets used back in 2009 to get Carmelo Anthony the ball in his favorite spot, the right elbow. I also show how the Nuggets have used this play for Michael Porter Jr. and provide several examples of LeBron James, Harrison…...

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The Denver Nuggets have won 40 games. They’ve played as well against teams with winning records as virtually any contender. They have wins that stand up with the best by any side all season long — like a shorthanded win in Milwaukee on the second night of a back-to-back, or ‘The Seven’ marching through the mountains into Salt Lake City,…...

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“JERAMI GRANT HAD FORTY-NINE POINTS TONIGHT!!!” I had just walked in the door, and knew I’d misheard her. I was sure I had something crazy in my ear. I wanted to ask my wife to repeat herself. I somehow encapsulated all of that response into something a little briefer: “HE WHAT????” The “what” had landed in a register I thought the…...

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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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He thought he saw a Garden-door That opened with a key: He looked again, and found it was A Double Rule of Three: “And all its mystery,” he said, “Is clear as day to me.” -Lewis Carroll Friends, Denverites, Nuggets Nation… lend me your ears. No, really, just for the WKND. Er, weekend. I should have them back to you by…...

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Do you believe in miracles? Let’s get back to that in just a second, and talk about church first… no, not like that. My family was pretty good about getting to church every Sunday in my youth, though I often felt like I wasn’t spending the other six days steering myself in the same direction I was being taught every weekend.…...

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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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Coming into the season, the Denver Nuggets were projected to have one of the best benches in the NBA thanks to a roster that features at least 12 players who all could earn playing time on almost every team in the league. Malik Beasley is likely to be a popular free agent this summer yet he finds himself on the…...

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