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In Feb. 2015, Tim Connelly made one of the more defining trades of his Nuggets’ tenure. Midway through the 2015-16 season, Connelly dealt Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee to the Trail Blazers for Will Barton, Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson and a lottery protected 2016 first-round pick. The headliner of the trade at the time was Afflalo. Across 53 games, Afflalo…...

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When it rains it pours, and the Nuggets, who were already playing without three starters — Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, and Paul Millsap — need to find an umbrella, fast. The team announced Wednesday that backup center Mason Plumlee has been diagnosed with a right cuboid injury and his status will be reevaluated in approximately two to four weeks, meaning…...

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Michael Malone was irked following the Nuggets’ disheartening fourth-quarter collapse to the Pacers Sunday about yet another question regarding Michael Porter Jr. after being peppered about Denver’s rookie at every practice, game, and press conference over the last month. But Monday was yet another example of exactly why Denver’s tantalizing rookie has been such a central figure in every postgame discussion, win…...

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First, Michael Malone delivered the good news on Nuggets starting point guard Jamal Murray who exited Wednesday’s win over the Charlotte Hornets in the second quarter with a left ankle injury. X-rays on Murray’s ankle were negative. Then, Denver’s coach gave the bad. “I just looked at it. It’s rather large — kinda scary,” Malone said of Murray’s ankle following…...

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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.’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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The Nuggets’ best moment of 2019 was four years in the making. Denver clinched its first playoff berth of the Michael Malone era in Denver’s coach’s fourth season on a Monday night in Boston late last year. A few weeks later the Nuggets won the Northwest Division for the first time since 2010. Nikola Jokic then scored 43 points in…...

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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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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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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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Gary Harris is averaging 37.2 minutes per game over the Nuggets’ current three-game winning streak. That’s too many for Michael Malone. “The greatest challenge I have now is I can’t continue to play Gary Harris 38 minutes a night. I really can’t,” Malone said Tuesday. “Sometimes I get caught in the moment. I’m worried about the Knicks. We’ve got to…...

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Leading by 20 points in the first half and by 16 at the halftime break, the Nuggets looked to be cruising to an easy victory over the lowly New York Knicks. But then a third quarter transpired that the Nuggets and Michael Malone would like to forget. The Knicks outscored the Nuggets 33-20 in the third quarter and even led…...

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Take stock of one moment in particular from the Nuggets’ 114-99 win over the Trail Blazers. With three minutes gone in the second quarter, Carmelo Anthony was isolated on the right wing against Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. Melo crossed the ball from right to left then went between his legs and blew past Porter on his way to an…...

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