After spending six-plus seasons in Denver, Gallinari and the Nuggets moved on from each other. When the free agency period opened in July, the Nuggets made a splash by signing Paul Millsap to a three-year deal worth $90 million. Gallinari responded by inking a three-year, $65 million with the Clippers. Just like that, the relationship between the Nuggets and of the best players in franchise history was over.
LOS ANGELES — Jamal Murray will miss the first game of his NBA career against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Murray is in the concussion protocol, Denver announced Wednesday afternoon. On a Yogi Ferrell drive to the basket early in the fourth quarter Tuesday, teammate Mason Plumlee’s right arm/elbow made contact with Murray’s face. Murray was later seen holding his head throughout the…...
The Clippers have come alive in the Western Conference playoff race by winning 11 of their last 14 games. On Monday, they beat the Houston Rockets in a game that spawned a confrontation involving a little-used tunnel and a thousand memes. They sit just a half game behind the Nuggets entering Wednesday's matchup (8:30 p.m. MT, ESPN).
Since Dec. 18, Barton is averaging 4.8 assists per game. That's second on the team behind Nikola Jokic. Barton has done an admirable job of setting his teammates up. At the same time, he's struggled to get himself going. In his last 14 games, he's averaging 11.6 points on 35.9 percent shooting.
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.
As a team, Denver shot 29-83 from the field — barely making a third of its attempts. Saturday's game marked the fourth time the Nuggets were held under the 100-point mark in 2018. Last season from Dec. 15 on, they were held under the century mark a grand total of five times.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that for the first time in Gregg Popovich's 20-year tenure as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, a player asked to be traded. LaMarcus Aldridge, who's under contract through 2019, came to Popovich this summer and told him he wanted out.
DENVER — The Denver Nuggets appeared to be in danger of dropping their fourth game in a row early in the third quarter Friday. With a little less than 10 minutes to go in the period, they trailed the Memphis Grizzlies by two. The Nuggets looked sluggish up to that point — playing the same brand of uninspired basketball that…...
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.
The Nuggets are a good but not great, offense, and notes about Nikola Jokic, Trey Lyles, Will Barton and more as Denver crosses the halfway point of the 2017-18 season.
Jokic finished with nine points on 4-21 shooting in Denver's 110-97 loss to the lowly Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday — another inefficient night from the star big man who routinely threw up 11-16 games a season ago.
Sure the Hawks come into tonight's matchup as one of the worst teams in the league. That doesn't mean Nuggets coach Michael Malone is taking them lightly. He also has an impressive streak to keep alive.
The Denver Nuggets battled against the Golden State Warriors on Monday in Oakland, but it was not enough as they fell 124-114. Here are five observations from the game. 1. Jokic breaks out of slump On Sunday night, Nuggets coach Michael Malone met with Nikola Jokic. After two poor shooting performances in a row, Malone sat down with his slumping superstar…...
The Denver Nuggets earned one of their most dramatic wins of the season over the New Orleans Pelicans on Dec. 15. Will Barton stole the show that night, scoring 11 points in overtime as the Nuggets knocked off the Pelicans. Barton's late-game heroics earned most of the headlines afterward. What get swept under the rug was how Denver got to overtime in the first place.
The Denver Nuggets fell to the Sacramento Kings 106-98 on Saturday. Here are five observations from the game. 1. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers Perhaps it was an omen when the Nuggets committed a turnover at the start of the third quarter while assistant coach Micah Nori was giving an interview in which he stressed the necessity to limit them. “The message was, ‘Take care…...
In December, Lyles averaged 14.5 points on 54 percent shooting in just 27.5 minutes per game. He’s carried that momentum over into the new year. He scored 16 points Wednesday vs. the Suns and played perhaps his finest game of his career against his former team Friday.
Chandler has flown under the radar this year after moving into the starting lineup and taking on a different role. In 2016-17, Denver relied upon Chandler mostly as a scoring option off the bench. He averaged 15.7 points on 13.2 shots — both career highs. This season, Chandler's scoring average (10.1 points) and field-goal attempts (8.6) have dipped as he functions more as a defensive stopper.
After Denver fell flat in the second half against the 76ers on Saturday, Gary Harris admitted to feeling fatigued. The Nuggets' versatile shooting guard logged heavy minutes toward the end of December, and it was wearing on him. Harris got three days off after the Philadelphia game. Apparently, it did him wonders.
The effects of a shortened rotation finally seemed to catch up with the Nuggets in their 107-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Three days after watching his team shoot 26.2 percent in the second half of a disappointing home loss, Malone told his team in a "State of the Union" address that he plans to scrap the "seven and a half man" rotation he'd been riding and lean on his bench more beginning Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns.