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Tim Connelly didn’t get much sleep the same night his team came up an inch short. After the Nuggets fell to the Timberwolves Wednesday in overtime of a do-or-die game, Connelly spent the return flight home thinking about the what-ifs. “That flight home was tough,” the Nuggets president of basketball operations said. “Had a sleepless night last night. I rewatched...

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Nikola Jokic has been one of the best bargains in the NBA through his first three seasons. The former 41st overall pick came out of nowhere in 2016-17 as the focal point of one of the league’s most efficient offenses. This year, Jokic made a strong case for a spot on an All-NBA team by averaging 18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds…...

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DENVER — Will Barton walked into the center of the scrum for his exit interview Thursday wearing flip flops with pink flowers printed on them. The Nuggets’ flashy swingman seemed to rock a different pair of shoes each time a camera was in front of him this year. Hours after going for 24 points in a do-or-die game against the…...

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The Nuggets came about as close to making the playoffs as you could before falling short Wednesday. Despite a monster effort from Nikola Jokic, they fell 112-106 in overtime. Here’s how every Nuggets player fared in the loss. *Our game grades are dictated by our Dynamic Player Rating (DPR), which take into account 12 different statistical factors....

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One win is all that’s keeping the Nuggets from making the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Wednesday’s regular-season finale between Denver and Minnesota will determine which of the West’s up-and-coming teams breaks through after years of rebuilding. There’s buzz about the game even on the other side of the Atlantic. “Everybody in Serbia is talking about that game,”…...

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The last time the Nuggets made the playoffs, Harlem Shake videos were making the rounds on the internet. It’s been nearly five years since Dwyane Wade danced with the Graduation bear head on and Denver qualified for the postseason, which in internet time might as well be 500. As long ago as that seems, consider this: The last time the…...

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The Denver Nuggets kept their playoff hopes alive by outlasting the Portland Trail Blazers 88-82 on Monday. It was the type of defensive struggle Denver would have had trouble winning earlier this season. Here’s how each Nuggets player graded out. *Our game grades are dictated by our Dynamic Player Rating (DPR), which take into account 12 different statistical factors....

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DENVER — Seven games into Gary Harris’ rookie season, boos rained down on him and his Nuggets teammates at Pepsi Center. On that mid-November night in 2014, the Portland Trail Blazers rolled into Denver on the second night of a back-to-back and hung 84 points in the first half. It was an embarrassing effort in a season full of them.…...

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DENVER — In a must-win game, a Nuggets team that lights up scoreboards had a hard time making it move. The Nuggets entered Monday’s showdown agains the Portland Trail Blazers in control of its playoff destiny. They needed two wins to guarantee a postseason trip. Denver didn’t bring its “A” game offensively — or anything close to it really, shooting…...

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The Denver Nuggets could be at full strength in a pivotal game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday at Pepsi Center. Gary Harris was upgraded from doubtful to questionable Monday morning, a sign that the always steady shooting guard could play after missing 11 games with a right knee strain. Harris hurt his knee after landing awkwardly in a…...

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The longest winning streak of the Michael Malone era in Denver could not have come at a better time. The Nuggets’ playoff hopes were on life support after they dropped back-to-back games to the 76ers and Raptors on the road. But after rattling off five consecutive wins, Denver now only needs two more to guarantee itself a postseason spot. The…...

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Few teams toggle between elation and dejection like the Denver Nuggets. The highs — like the one they’re riding now after rattling off four straight wins — are so high Boban Marjanovic would have a difficult time reaching them. The lows — such as the ones they experienced after dropping back-to-back games late last month to the 76ers and Raptors…...

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To help you hear what we hear, BSN Denver is uploading uncut audio after Nuggets games this season. Here’s what was said by Michael Malone, Devin Harris, Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray and Will Barton following Denver’s 100-96 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday....

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DENVER — The Nuggets were laying brick after brick for the better part of three quarters Thursday. Their playoff hopes crumbled a little bit with each of them. In a game that they had to have against the division-rival Minnesota Timberwolves to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race, Denver’s offense went uncharacteristically cold. Then Devin Harris stepped in…...

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DENVER — Nikola Jokic left a straightaway three-point shot about two feet short in the third quarter Tuesday. Jokic had plenty of time to get it off over Pacers center Myles Turner. He set his feet, squared up and unfurled but air balled the shot anyway. A season ago, such an egregious miss might have deterred Jokic from trying any…...

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The Nuggets inched that much closer to a top-eight seed by picking up a 107-104 win over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. Denver won its third straight game and moved a half game behind the New Orleans Pelicans for the No. 8 spot and one game behind the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 7 spot. Nikola Jokic put together another…...

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To help you hear what we hear, BSN Denver is uploading uncut audio after Nuggets games this season. Here’s what was said by Michael Malone, Wilson Chandler, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic following Denver’s 107-104 win over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday....

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DENVER — Whenever Wilson Chandler rose up to shoot Tuesday, an impediment he’d never had to deal with before sat directly in front of his face. The Nuggets’ starting small forward fractured his nose against Oklahoma City on Friday after Russell Westbrook inadvertently caught him with an elbow. The injury caused Chandler to miss Sunday’s game, but he returned Tuesday…...

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DENVER — Jamal Murray was still 20 years old and Nikola Jokic was starting at power forward the last time the Nuggets held an opponent under 100 points. On Jan. 27, Denver limited the Dallas Mavericks to 89 points in a what many might not have considered an aesthetically pleasing two-point win. Two months later, the Nuggets came close to…...

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DENVER — Nikola Jokic was rolling at the start of the second quarter Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nuggets’ star center blocked a shot, hit a deep three-pointer and got to the free throw line in a four-minute stretch. The temptation to ride him for the entire quarter was understandable. Instead, Nuggets coach Michael Malone subbed Paul Millsap in…...

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