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It took just three and a half minutes for the threat of Nikola Jokic’s three-point shot to bend the Clippers’ defense. Early in the first quarter of the Nuggets’ 114-104 win over the Clippers, Jokic recieved a pass on the right wing from Jamal Murray and slowly went into his shooting motion as Ivica Zubac ran out to contest him...

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A defining trait of the Nuggets’ 2018-19 campaign was Denver’s fourth-quarter defense. The Nuggets were one of the better defensive teams in the league last season and fielded the NBA’s 10th-best defense overall, but their ability to clamp down over the final 12 minutes of games helped Denver grind out wins when its offense wasn’t operating at peak performance. Statistically,...

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Nikola Jokic became the 21st player in the NBA this season to score 40 or more points in a game Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks. Jokic tallied 47 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists in the Nuggets’ 123-115 win. He’s the fifth player (James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Giannis Antetokounmpo, D’Angelo Russell, Trae Young) and the first center...

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Nikola Jokic was running hot in Atlanta. After the Nuggets’ 123-115 win over the Hawks, Michael Malone called Jokic Denver’s “thermostat.” Essentially, the Nuggets’ All-Star center sets the temperature and tone for his team. When he’s locked in and engaged good things come. The analogy added up against the Hawks. From the game’s opening tip Jokic was a commanding presence...

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Michael Porter Jr. had one goal entering the summer of 2016: he wanted to be the top-ranked high school recruit in the country. It was a tall task with the likes of Marvin Bagley III, Deandre Ayton and other eventual lottery selections like Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr, and Collin Sexton jockeying for position in the top-10. Porter was firmly...

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Michael Porter Jr.’s high-arching step-back jump shot has always been lethal. It’s Porter’s signature shot that followed him from Columbia, Missouri’s Father Talton Catholic High School, to Nathan Hale in Seattle, then to the University of Missouri, and finally to Denver. It’s an unblockable weapon that’s always been predominantly featured in his arsenal. Porter’s step-back jumper also served as the...

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Vlatko Čančar has mastered the art of trash talk just three months into his first NBA season. His most frequent target? One of his own teammates and the Nuggets’ best player. At halftime of the Nuggets’ November matchup against the Magic — Denver’s sixth game of the season — Nikola Jokić had just four points on 1 of 5 shooting. He was getting outplayed by Nikola Vučević who had tallied 17 first-half points and helped the Magic build a 45-40 lead. So, in the visitor’s locker room at the Amway Center, Čančar turned up the heat on Denver’s franchise cornerstone. “Damn! I didn’t know Nikola Vučević was that good!” Čančar said with Jokić in ear shot. Jokić was the only person in…

The Nuggets used a combination of perfectly-executed double teams and strong team defense to beat the Houston Rockets in the two team’s first meeting earlier this season. Denver didn’t get either of those two things this time around in Houston. The Rockets trounced the Nuggets 130-104 to even the season series with Denver at one game apiece. James Harden led...

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The last time Michael Porter Jr. was a part of a starting lineup was November 10, 2017. The setting was Mizzou Arena. The opponent was Iowa State. Porter played just two minutes in Missouri’s season opener before leaving the game with a hip injury that sidelined him for the next four months. Seven hundred and eighty days, a redshirt season...

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Will Barton tried to block it out, but his mind kept wandering as he ran up and down the Pepsi Center hardwood Saturday. Barton was thinking about Louis Grant, who was shot and killed Friday morning in Baltimore. Grant, 26, was Barton’s cousin. “I couldn’t stop thinking about him during the game. I couldn’t stop,” Barton told DNVR after the Nuggets’ 118-110...

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Michael Malone summed up the general feeling around his team pretty well as the Nuggets passed the Christmas Day landmark on the NBA calendar earlier this week. “Our guys are great. They understand that we’re not satisfied being 21-9, 7-1 (in the last eight games),” Malone said Friday. “We can still play so much better and that’s the scary thing...

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Did anyone have flashbacks to last May and the Nuggets and Trail Blazers’ Western Conference semifinal matchup while watching the Pelicans bully the Nuggets on national TV in Denver’s first Christmas Day game since 2012? In that playoff series, CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard poured in 26.4 and 25.1 points per piece across seven games. But it was what the...

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The Nuggets’ regular season tipped off on Oct. 23 but it’s said the season doesn’t really start until Christmas. So if you haven’t kept up with the Nuggets until now, don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. The Nuggets are 21-8 heading into their Christmas Day matchup with the Pelicans (8-23) who are still without No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson....

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Was the Phoenix Suns’ zone defense really going to end the Nuggets’ six-game winning streak? For most of Monday’s second half it seemed like it was. After the Nuggets took a 56-49 lead into the halftime break, the Suns stormed out of the locker room to outscore Denver 32-26 in the third quarter. The Nuggets looked lost against the Suns’...

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At 20-8 the Denver Nuggets are off to their best start…ever. That’s right. Nikola Jokic suffered through the worst offensive slump of his career, the Nuggets’ offense still hasn’t clicked (they currently rank 13th in offense), and Denver’s bench has struggled to string together solid offensive and defensive quarters, let alone games. Yet, the Nuggets — in their 50-plus season...

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Matt McChesney is joined by six of Colorado’s top recruits in a roundtable discussion following the week’s Early Signing Day. With Kole Taylor who’ll be attending LSU, Carson Lee who signed with CU,  Aiden Keanaaina who’ll be going to Notre Dame, Chase Lopez who’ll be attending South Dakota, Max Marsh who has signed with Kansas State, and Reese Atteberry who will be going to Michigan, you won’t want to miss the guys insights on the Colorado High School scene, why they chose to attend their respective schools and much more. Follow the show and Matt on Twitter @DNVRUnChained and @SixZeroAcademy. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE ON ONE OF THE APPS! iTunes link  – Google Link – Pocket Casts Link – Spotify Link

Before you could say “the ball is popping” the Nuggets were out to a double-digit advantage over the Timberwolves. Denver opened Friday’s matchup by draining six of its first seven shots from the field, three of its first four 3s, and led Minnesota 17-7 after just four minutes of action. The Nuggets expanded their lead to 13 after 12 minutes...

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