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Last Tuesday, the Avs played their 21st contest of the 2019-2020 season, officially hitting the quarter mark of the campaign. While it might feel like the season just started, the twenty game mark is a bit of a special number. Unlike earlier in the season when good games and bad games can drastically impact overall stats, everything starts to smooth…...

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When the Nuggets’ locker room fell quiet last season more often than not it was Isaiah Thomas who did the talking. Even though Thomas didn’t make his Nuggets’ debut until Feb. 13 and would only play in 12 games, his voice was felt throughout Denver’s 2018-19 campaign. His genuine, honest, and sometimes brash leadership style had a significant influence on…...

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July 1, 2019. A day that forever changed the trajectory of the Avalanche and Maple Leafs alike. Tyson Barrie and Alex Kerfoot were shipped to Toronto in exchange for Nazem Kadri and Calle Rosén. Both Joe Sakic and Kyle Dubas surrendered cornerstone assets in exchange for much-needed role players. On Saturday night, we saw the results of that trade come…...

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Gone in 64 seconds, the Torrey Craig story. Craig played just one minutes and four seconds in the Nuggets’ 116-104 win over the Suns. He subbed into the game at the beginning of the second quarter and was replaced by Juancho Hernangomez with 10:56 remaining in the period. Craig ran up and down the floor four times and didn’t break…...

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Paul Millsap was seated inside a practice facility on the dreamy campus of San Diego State University last September, surrounded by a small gaggle of reporters and blog boys. Unflinchingly, he proclaimed his goal was to see the Nuggets to a top-five defense in the NBA. The Nuggets, frankly, had struggled to avoid the bottom-five in that regard for the…...

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Like a bird stalking its prey, Torrey Craig slowly closed in on James Harden while the league’s leading scorer turned towards the basket and surveyed the floor. As Craig began to venture further and further away from Russell Westbrook, who he was matched up with this Rockets’ trip down the court and towards Houston’s top offensive option, Harden’s eyes darted…...

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Coming off his worst outing of the season—a 1 of 11 performance from the field against the Nets—you had a feeling Jamal Murray wanted to bounce back with vengeance from a rare off night on the offensive end of the floor. He did just that in Memphis, scoring a season-high 39 points in just 31 minutes of action as he…...

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The Nuggets knew when they traded into the second round to select Bol Bol that the 7-foot-2 center was going to be a long-term play. Denver didn’t need him to contribute immediately with most of its rotation from last year’s 54-win team set to return and Bol was coming off foot surgery that ended his freshman season at Oregon early.…...

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Will Barton knows what the end of the bench feels like. The uncertainty of whether or not your name is going to be called. How imperative it is to stay ready at a moment’s notice, not sure if or when an opportunity will come. The art of not getting too high or too low while seconds tick off the clock…...

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You really thought the Nuggets were over having nights like this. Nights when Denver plays down to its competition. Nights when the Nuggets revert back to the defensive team they were for the first couple years of the Michael Malone era, not the top-10 defense Denver was last season. Nights when the Nuggets fall victim to the the scouting report…...

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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 talk about the reasons the Denver Nuggets are struggling to generate three-point shots and highlight Will Barton’s defense in the clutch. 1. One of the concerns for the…...

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Jamal Murray clapped. Assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr. took a few steps onto the court to congratulate his players. Torrey Craig rose from his spot on the Nuggets’ bench and let out a scream. The Nuggets weren’t celebrating a Jamal Murray 3-pointer, a magical Nikola Jokic assist, or a Will Barton basket. Denver was rejoicing over its first highlight play…...

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Scanning the Nuggets’ final box score following their 109-89 win over the Miami Heat, one statistic in particular caught Michael Malone’s eye. “The number that jumps out is the 35 assists,” Denver’s coach said Thursday. “Obviously you have to make shots to get those assists and we’ve struggled to do that.” The Nuggets hadn’t been converting on many of their…...

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Six possessions, six baskets. Scoring hadn’t come this easy to the Nuggets in what seemed like weeks. The ball moved swiftly from side-to-side, and Denver got up the floor and into its offense with a purpose, playing with a tempo and pace that had only seen the light of day in small spurts to open the 2019-20 campaign. The Nuggets…...

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Heads down and shoulders slumped, the Nuggets trudged back to the the locker room after an eighth-straight loss to the Houston Rockets. It was just two months into the 2018-19 season and the honeymoon stage of the team’s hot start was still in full effect, yet the Nuggets’ spirits were low after dropping their fourth-straight after a promising 9-1 start.…...

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Nikola Jokic threw his hands up in disgust. In the moment, the Nuggets’ All-Star center’s frustration centered around one sequence — a game-sealing errant Jamal Murray bounce pass intendslowed for Jokic which ended up in the hands of Jahlil Okafor and turned into a Pelicans basket — but Jokic’s annoyance around the Nuggets’ play and particularly Denver’s offense had…...

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Everyone take a deep breath. That’s what the Nuggets are saying to each other in the visiting locker room at The Amway Center right now after a narrow 91-87 win over the Orlando Magic. It was an ugly, frustrating, and puzzling night, but a win is a win. Still, the Nuggets have a long way to go. You get the…...

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