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Nikola Jokic is the fulcrum of the Nuggets’ high-powered offense. When Denver is at its best, the ball is in the big Serbian’s hands as he makes decisions based on what the whirl of bodies looks like around him. That approach has paid off with two consecutive finishes as a top-six offense. It also helps explain why the Nuggets felt...

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DENVER — If the Colorado Rockies were a waiter at your favorite brunch spot Sunday, they would’ve started out the meal by reminding your party about the half-off Bloody Mary special, bringing out a tray full of drinks with just the right amount of bite and then complimenting your friend’s girlfriend on her new wide-brimmed hat. Things were going great.…...

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Keita Bates-Diop’s arms seem to go on forever. They nearly reach his knees is he’s standing still with them tucked to his sides. When he’s out on the court, those long limbs help him disrupt opponents from distances that seem difficult to comprehend. “He actually deflected a ball that I didn’t think he could get today,” said Colorado’s George King,…...

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DENVER — Kyle Freeland was a half-step late. The second-year lefty already had a five-run cushion to work with and was cruising through the San Francisco Giants’ lineup when he poked a pitch toward second baseman Kelby Tomlinson in the fifth. The outcome looked inevitable, but Freeland made it interesting by mashing the nitrous button instead of tapping cruise control.…...

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DENVER — Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black has a rule: Any time a player records four hits in a game, he’s automatically in the starting lineup the next day. “You lived it, Spilly,” Black reminded Ryan Spilborghs, Colorado’s pinch-hit specialist turned analyst. “When you look back on your career, when you got four hits you got to play the next…...

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DENVER — The Colorado Rockies will have to get by without one of the most dominant relievers in baseball for at least the next week and a half. Right-hander Adam Ottavino, who’s allowed three runs in 28 1/3 innings of work this season, was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, the team announced Monday. Colorado…...

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In the lead-up to the NBA Draft on June 21, BSN Denver is taking an in-depth look at prospects the Nuggets might target in the first round. Each draft profile will be accompanied by a podcast available on BSNDenver.com and wherever you normally download your podcasts from. To submit questions for the podcast, reply in the comments section at the…...

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It was 2015, and Jon Elmore was in between college programs. The former West Virginia high school player of the year started out his college career at the Virginia Military Institute. But after dropping out to take care of his ailing grandfather, Elmore enrolled on his own dime at Marshall University. For most of the year, Elmore couldn’t suit up…...

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The ink was still drying on Rodney Billups’ contract to become the next men’s basketball coach at the University of Denver when he vowed to turn a benchwarmer into a focal point. In March 2016, Billups agreed to return to his alma mater after spending six years as an assistant on Tad Boyle’s staff at Colorado. About an hour before…...

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The Denver Nuggets have shown steady improvement in three seasons under head coach Michael Malone. When Malone got to Denver in 2015, he was tasked with clearing away the smoldering wreckage left over from the Brian Shaw era and constructing something new. The Nuggets won 33 games in Malone’s first season, 40 in his second and 46 in year three.…...

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One of the NBA’s most snakebitten franchises won’t luck into Luka. The Denver Nuggets own the No. 14 selection at next month’s NBA draft, which was the expected result for the team that entered the draft lottery with a 1.8 percent chance at a top-three pick and a 0.5 percent chance at the first overall pick. Tuesday marked the 16th…...

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Jamal Murray hacked away at the baseballs like he was wielding a scythe to cut through jungle brush. The Denver Nuggets’ starting point guard, who was at Coors Field Friday to participate in the Healthy Swings home run derby to raise money for the National Stroke Association, never played baseball growing up in Kitchener, Ontario. It showed. He had a…...

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I was most of the way through an episode of “The Office” when the Nuggets finally beat the odds. Around the time Dwight blasted “Everybody Hurts” from his Trans Am, Tankathon spit out a scenario where the Nuggets picked second. It took 208 simulations for them to move up. As all that mouse mashing illustrates, Denver’s chances of leaping into Luka…...

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Our 2018 Player Reviews conclude with a group of guys who filled out the back end of the Nuggets’ roster. Three of them — Monte Morris, Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley — were first- or second-year players who could never quite break into the rotation. Two others — Darrell Arthur and Richard Jefferson — were battle-tested veterans there to provide…...

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Mason Plumlee was never too prideful to do the dirty work. If the Nuggets needed their backup center to give them only 12 minutes of high-energy basketball a game, Plumlee stepped in without complaint. If they needed him to sub in and out at the end of games for defensive purposes, Plumlee did so with a pep in his step.…...

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Opportunity can arrive quickly and in unexpected forms in professional sports. In the span of a few minutes, a player can go from benchwarmer to key rotation cog. That’s what happened to Trey Lyles on Nov. 19 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Starting power forward Paul Millsap went down with a left wrist injury, which would eventually require surgery. Suddenly,…...

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Nikola Jokic was asked about the Nuggets’ coaching when he launched into the non sequitur. “Wilson didn’t score last night,” Jokic said. “I think he played really hard. He cares. He’s one of my favorite guys to play with because he doesn’t look like he’s emotional, but he really cares. He’s playing his ass off.” The question posed to Jokic,…...

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Paul Millsap called it “the toughest thing I’ve ever been through in my basketball career.” On the morning of Feb. 27, a couple hours before Millsap would make his return from a wrist injury that cost him 44 games, the 12-year NBA veteran admitted that tears welled in his eyes on the drive to Pepsi Center....

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As the Nuggets tried to process the pain of missing the postseason last week in Minneapolis, a handful of the team’s players got together to discuss why they fell short. The Nuggets won six of their last seven games. They played their best basketball of the season during that final stretch when the stakes were highest. Their issue, shooting guard…...

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Nuggets coach Michael Malone was still working through the disappointment of his team’s do-or-die loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves last week on the plane ride back to the Mile High City. The Nuggets, who entered the night on a six-game win streak, had plenty of chances to win the game in regulation. They fought the whole way, but it still…...

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