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The play that helped the Denver Nuggets win the NBA championship

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October 10, 2023

The Denver Nuggets won their first NBA championship behind a historic offense built on chemistry and continuity. But there is one pet play in the team’s playbook that was especially unguardable in the playoffs. It’s a play that has roots going back to Peja Stojakovic and the Sacramento Kings of the early 2000s.

Denver Nuggets assistant coach David Adelman shares insight on Rip DHO or “Peja” action, a play that fits Denver’s personnel perfectly. Learn the different ways Denver disguises this action and why other teams can know it’s coming and still concede a wide open dunk or set three-point shot.

Watch as Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray attack against “flat” spacing whenever the play doesn’t work. And see how Aaron Gordon has built chemistry with both guys to run this play over and over and still find new ways to score.

Here are a few of the different plays in the Denver Nuggets playbook that utilize Rip DHO action, most of which are referenced in the video.

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