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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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Here’s a bit of insight into just how much Michael Malone and the Nuggets have relied on their starters this season. The Nuggets’ starting five — Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Will Barton, Paul Millsap, and Nikola Jokic — is playing on average 20.9 minutes per game. That’s three minutes per game more than that lineup averaged last year and 3.8…...

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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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The MVP is back

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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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Will Barton is still a believer in the Nuggets’ bench. Even after Denver’s second unit gave up 61 points to the Dallas Mavericks’ reserves in Tuesday’s 109-106 loss, Barton, the Nuggets’ former sixth man said he’d still put his team’s bench up against any other backup unit in the NBA. “I feel like we’ve got the best bench in the…...

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The Nuggets played a C-level game of basketball Monday in Sacramento. Denver shot poorly from the field, converted under 30% of its 3s, and the Nuggets All-NBA center just didn’t have it. The Nuggets still eked out a 101-94 road win. It was a testament to just how deep and talented this Nuggets team is and it takes two well…...

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In this episode, Adam Mares, Brendan Vogt and Harrison Wind of DNVR Nuggets are joined by Ryan Koenigsberg of DNVR Broncos to talk about the Nuggets’ opening night win over the Blazers. Analysis, conversation, and plenty of laughs as we recap and relive the first game of the season. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE! iTunes link | Stitcher Link | Pocket…

Twenty-three years later in the same city where his father Harvey patrolled Portland’s paint in the mid-90’s, Jerami Grant began his Nuggets tenure with a bang. The Nuggets’ summer acquisition shined in Denver’s 108-100 opening night victory over his father’s former club. Grant posted a modest stat line — nine points and two rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench…...

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