The Morning After: Nikola Jokic excels offensively, but exploited defensively in double-overtime loss at Miami Heat

MIAMI — The Nuggets’ attempt at a late-season playoff push took another hit Monday night, losing a 149-141 double-overtime heartbreaker against the Heat to begin this season-long seven-game road trip 0-2 and slip two games back of the eighth spot in the Western Conference. Here are six takeaways from the contest: 1. Jokic’s strength, Jokic’s weakness. Nikola Jokic put up another...
Via The Denver Post
4 hours ago

Nuggets’ playoff hopes keep fading in double-overtime loss to Heat

Nuggets coach Michael Malone has a go-to phrase when describing games that turn into high-scoring affairs. Time and time again over the last two seasons, Malone likens them to “a shootout at the O.K. Corral,” a reference to the brawl that took place in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881. Monday’s matchup between the Nuggets and Heat […]
Via BSN Denver
13 hours ago

Nuggets-Heat: Three things to watch

The Denver Nuggets go up against the Miami Heat at America Airlines Arena in what is all but a must-win game for both teams. Here are three things to watch as the Nuggets are on the second game of a seven-game road stretch in which they desperately need wins. Winning without star players Miami’s best player, center Hassan Whiteside, is out for tonight game against Denver as he...
Via Mile High Sports
17 hours ago

Denver Nuggets briefs: Gary Harris’ return date still uncertain

MIAMI — Gary Harris walked out of Monday’s Nuggets shootaround in Miami with ice strapped to his right knee, following his latest round of treatment and rehab exercises during the team workout. Denver’s leading scorer will not play against the Heat due to a strain/sprain, but coach Michael Malone is hopeful Harris can return “in the next couple of games.” “Before you can start running...
Via The Denver Post
21 hours ago

Nuggets game day: Denver tries to shake off road struggles in Miami

The Denver Nuggets opened their season Oct. 18 in a road game against the Utah Jazz. Denver was cruising along on opening night — at least until the fourth quarter. The Jazz, who trailed by as many as 15 in the game, pounded Denver 28-13 in the final 12 minutes and went on to win […]
Via BSN Denver
1 day ago

BSN Nuggets Podcast: Crisis Management

Wind and Clark recap Denver’s loss in Memphis, who to blame the loss on, the Nuggets’ bad habit of poor first quarters against bottom-tier teams, what happened to the offense, and more. Rundown 2:00 – Playoff picture 4:00 – The Gary Harris void 7:30 – Grizzlies gameplan 10:30 – Barton’s night 11:30 – Denver’s offense […]
Via BSN Denver
1 day ago

Injury Update: Hayward, Irving, Smith Jr., Harris

Celtics‘ president of basketball operations Danny Ainge believes he gave the wrong impression this week when he said Gordon Hayward suffered a setback in his rehab, relays Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald. Looking back, Ainge believes “setback” was too strong a term and created inaccurate headlines about Hayward’s progress.“What happened is he went on the AlterG [anti-gravity...
Via Hoops Rumors
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nuggets’ leading scorer Gary Harris to miss second consecutive game with knee injury

MIAMI — Denver Nuggets’ leading scorer Gary Harris will miss his second consecutive game with a right knee sprain/strain, according to Sunday’s official injury report prior to Monday’s contest at the Heat. Harris, who is averaging 17.7 points per game while shooting 48.6 from the floor and 39.9 percent from 3-point distance, missed Saturday’s stunning Nuggets loss at Memphis that...
Via The Denver Post
1 day ago

Nuggets are caught in a disheartening Deja Vu

On Sunday March 26, 2017 the Denver Nuggets faced the New Orleans Pelicans in a late-season, crucial matchup. The Nuggets had just won nine of their last 13 coming out of the All Star Break. Their offense was nearly unstoppable, easily beating the Indiana Pacers on the road to keep hold of the 8th seed in the NBA Western Conference. The Nuggets proceeded to – inexplicably – lose...
Via Mile High Sports
1 day ago

Curious case of Nuggets’ head coach Michael Malone and Denver’s lack of urgency

After the Denver Nuggets fell 101-94 to the Memphis Grizzlies — who had lost 19-straight games prior to the matchup and were boasting a league-worst record of 18-50 — the conversation frantically switched from if the Nuggets would make the playoffs to who is at fault for the fallout as if the Nuggets were eliminated from postseason contention altogether after the loss. So where are...
Via Mile High Sports
2 days ago

Memphis Grizzlies snap 19-game skid

The Memphis Grizzlies are bad. But it’s hard to imagine seeing this happening at the beginning of season. And yet, here we are. But on Saturday night, they would finally end their 19-game losing streak. Of course, that mean it has to come at somebody’s expense. In the case, it’s the Denver Nuggets.And Dillon Brooks, who would put up 24 points, couldn’t be happier.“It was great. We...
Via The Sports Post
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jamal Murray's heel turn is exactly what the Nuggets need

Jamal Murray became of age to drink legally in the U.S. less than a month ago and played in his first NBA game fewer than two years ago. Despite his age and relative lack of experience playing basketball at its highest level, Murray was booed for an entire game in one of the most iconic arenas by one of the prettiest fan bases while playing against one of the league's preeminent...
Via Yardbarker
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Julius Randle not happy with Jamal Murray’s ‘antics’

Lakers fans let Jamal Murray know exactly how they felt about him during Tuesday night’s game, and even one of Murray’s fellow Kentucky Wildcats is not coming to his defense after the Denver Nuggets guard has become publicly enemy No. 1 in Los Angeles.After Murray was mercilessly booed and showered with unflattering chants on Tuesday, Lakers big man Julius Randle was critical of...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers fans taunt Jamal Murray at end of win

Los Angeles Lakers fans were all over Jamal Murray late in the Lakers’ win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.With the Lakers up by seven in the final minute, the team’s fans decided to taunt Murray with some “Murray sucks!” chants. Why the hate for Murray? Some Lakers were upset with some of Murray’s antics during a game between the teams on Friday, which led Lonzo Ball to take...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Northwest Notes: Rose looking to prove himself, Brewer on the Thunder, Turner struggling with expectations

Appearing in his first game for the Timberwolves on Sunday, Derrick Rose played just seven minutes. While Rose says he’s not looking to “take someone’s spot” or step on anybody’s toes in Minnesota, he hopes to earn the opportunity to play a larger role down the stretch, as Steve Aschburner of writes.“I want [Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau] to see me and be like, ‘Damn...
Via Hoops Rumors
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nuggets coach defends Jamal Murray over Lakers incident

Jamal Murray’s perceived antics against the Los Angeles Lakers over the weekend were just fine by his head coach.Speaking with reporters before the Denver Nuggets played the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, Nuggets coach Mike Malone defended Murray over his incident with the Lakers at the end of their game on Friday.“Jamal plays with emotion,” said Malone, per Harrison Wind of BSN Denver...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Nuggets put shirtless Tom Brady photo on scoreboard

The Nuggets used a clever method to pump fans during a recent contest when they squared off against the Spurs at Pepsi Center.With the home team clinging to a 111-109 lead in the fourth quarter, the Nuggets did all they could to distract Pau Gasol while he was at the line for a pair of free throws.The scoreboard at Pepsi Center displayed a photo showing a shirtless Tom Brady, and...
Via The Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

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