After Denver's grind-it-out 91-89 win over the Dallas Mavericks where the Nuggets held Dirk Nowitzki and Co. to 40.0 percent shooting, Malone praised his starting center and said Denver wouldn't have secured the victory without his play on the defensive end of the floor. He also chided some members of the media for their opinions of Plumlee and his value to the team.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone was having flashbacks while his team rolled past the New York Knicks 130-118 on Thursday. Instead of playing the grind-it-out basketball he'd grown accustomed to seeing in 2018, the Nuggets went back to simply outscoring their opponent for a night, a style they relied heavily on in 2017. Denver's performance defensively left a lot to be desired. But on offense, the Nuggets finally busted out. They shot 60 percent from the floor and handed out 36 assists, numbers Malone attributed in part to a tweak Mason Plumlee made.
Front and center of Denver's offensive shortcomings is Nikola Jokic. His scoring average has dropped from 18.4 points per game in December to 16.1 per game in January. Jokic is also shooting 40.6 percent from the field in 2018—a startling and uncharacteristic mark for the typically efficient Serbian—and has hit just 16 of his last 67 threes across the past two months.
The Denver Nuggets fell 109-104 in Los Angeles to the Clippers on the second night of a back-to-back Wednesday. Denver led by nine points at halftime but only was able to score 43 points in the second half.
Wind and Clark discuss the events that unfolded at Monday’s Nuggets’ practice, if this is the end of the Nikola Jokic and Mason Plumlee frontcourt and other notes about Denver’s probable rotation against the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night.
0.00 – Warriors/Cavs MLK special
4:30 – Recapping an eventful Monday practice
7:30 – RIP Poker?
9:30 – Will Barton’s comments on “space”
12:00 – Denver’s priority over the next two weeks
18:00 – Richard Jefferson vs. Torrey Craig
22:00 – Jefferson’s presence on a young roster
27:00 – Denver/Dallas II
31:00 – Odds of a big Nikola Jokic game
On Monday, Nuggets coach Michael Malone was asked if there was any connection between his team's recent scoring woes and the Jokic-Mason Plumlee supersized starting lineup. Malone refused to blame the Jokic-Plumlee combination but hinted that a lineup change could be coming on Tuesday against a Dallas Mavericks team that plays plenty of small ball.
Wind and Clark break down the Denver’s Nuggets ugly 87-78 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Notes on Nikola Jokic’s night, Will Barton finding hit shot, Trey Lyles’ struggles from the free-throw line and Malik Beasley’s defense. Also a recap of how Jokic and Mason Plumlee have fared as front court partners and how their production compares to what Jokic and Trey Lyles have done on the floor when playing together.
0:00 – An ugly victory
3:30 – Beasley’s big night
6:00 – Beasley’s upside and future role in the league
13:00 – Pros and cons of Jokic/Plumlee
17:30 – Pros and cons of Jokic/Lyles
20:30 – Is a starting lineup change coming?
24:00 – Western Conference playoff race
25:30 – Will Barton’s night and what’s behind his recent struggles
30:30 – Why is Lyles struggling from the free-throw line?
32:00 – Barton’s Instagram game remains strong
33:00 – Huarache for life
The element of surprise in basketball can manifest itself in a number of different ways. James Harden incorporates it every time he fakes a step-back jumper, blows by his defender and gets to the rim. Stephen Curry uses it when he pulls up for three a couple steps inside the half-court line. Mason Plumlee is a magician in his own right.
Harrison Wind and Christian Clark break down the Denver Nuggets thrilling overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans 117 to 111.
The Nuggets outscored the Pelicans by 10 points when Plumlee was on the floor. Plumlee blocked two shots and helped harass Cousins into nine turnovers.
Murray's made 16-30 threes in his last six games and is shooting 55 percent on treys in the month of December.
If Cousins dominates the battle against Plumlee inside, the Nuggets could be in trouble. Malone doesn't have many options to throw at Cousins if Plumlee gets in foul trouble.
Harrison Wind and Christian Clark preview Wednesday night's matchup, Mason Plumlee's role without Nikola Jokic against DeMarcus Cousins, a prediction for Denver's starting lineup and if Wilson Chandler will find his groove on offense.
Harrison Wind and Christian Clark discuss the Denver Nuggets six-game road trip, who needs to step up in Nikola Jokic's absence, Jamal Murray Mason Plumlee and Wilson Chandler's expanded roles and the defensive intensity needed to string together a few road wins.
The Nuggets have turned in a few of those no-show halves this season — a concerning pattern for a team trying to snap a four-year playoff drought.
It wasn't pretty but Denver got a much-needed 105-100 win over the Atlanta Hawks as Emmanuel Mudiay shined.