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While the Minnesota Timberwolves were firing social media shots at each other last month, the Denver Nuggets were firing Spikeballs. Only five months had passed since the teams faced each other in a play-in game to determine which team went to the playoffs. In the lead-up to media day, the team that came out on top was imploding while the...

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Torrey Craig's swat led to Malik Beasley's slam. In the second quarter of Tuesday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Denver wings made athletic plays that served as bookends of an impressive transition highlight that came in a 38-point second quarter. The Nuggets fell to the Clippers 109-103, and even though they lost, Denver's bench unit impressed once...

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The idea is to imagine he’s posing for a Polaroi — errrrr an iPhone X. This summer, Malik Beasley went to work with his trainer, Marc Campbell, on tweaking his shot. Reviewing last season’s film, Campbell noticed that Beasley had gotten in the habit of leaning backwards when he uncorked a jumper. The trainer and his pupil worked on making sure…...

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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, Monte Morris and Malik Beasley following Denver’s 96-88 win over the Perth Wildcats of the Australian NBL on Friday....

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Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic did their dribble hand-off dance, and like so many times before, it bore fruit. With roughly 3 minutes remaining in the first quarter, Harris tossed the ball to Jokic on the left side of the floor and darted around him. Harris’ defender ducked under, attempting to cut off Harris’ path to the basket. Harris took…...

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Free throws aren’t as much of a foregone conclusion as the name suggests. Even at the highest level of basketball, sinking an uncontested 15-footer isn’t a given. Miss a few in a row, and a player’s confidence can erode like a cliffside during a downpour. In 2017-18, no NBA player struggled more at the free throw line than Mason Plumlee.…...

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Michael Malone had gotten used to the humdrum. The offices the Nuggets’ coaching staff inhabit are just down the hall from the team’s locker room. Last season, Malone’s crew didn’t have much noise to contend with as they planned a practice or strategized for a game. “Maybe some music,” Malone said. “But you didn’t ever hear chatter.” But last week,…...

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There was an all too familiar rhythm to Denver Nuggets games over the last two seasons. The Nuggets were difficult to stop with Nikola Jokic on the floor. If they didn’t build a lead with their Serbian center at the controls, they at least stayed competitive. But when Jokic went to get a breather, any progress they made stalled. Too…...

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The Denver Nuggets’ offseason was not even an hour old when Jamal Murray began to talk about all the ways he wanted to hone his game. “I’m excited for this summer. I’m excited to get back in the gym, work on my body, work on myself and come back stronger next year,” Murray said from the Target Center visitor’s locker…...

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The Denver Nuggets’ starting five has the chance to make sweet music together in 2018-19. By swapping Will Barton for Wilson Chandler on the wing, the Nuggets are surrounding Nikola Jokic with three guards in Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Barton who can all pass, shoot and dribble. Their collection of skills, plus a Paul Millsap who’s had a season…...

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Arturas Karnisovas couldn’t make it through his first practice alongside Arvydas Sabonis without getting conked on the head by one of the big man’s bullets. In the summer of 1992, Karnisovas and Sabonis were back home in their native country of Lithuania gearing up for the Olympics in Barcelona. Karnisovas had just wrapped up his sophomore year at Seton Hall…

To watch the epic Magic-Bird duels that took place in the 1980s, Arturas Karnisovas needed to borrow a friend’s VHS player. NBA Finals games didn’t air until the wee hours of the morning in Lithuania, Karnisovas’ native country, so in order to see them, the aspiring professional hooper was forced to beg someone for their VHS player, hook it up…...

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A make-or-break season for the Denver Nuggets will begin Oct. 17 against the Los Angeles Clippers on the road, conclude April 10 against the Minnesota Timberwolves at home and feature 14 nationally televised games. The Nuggets, who have finished ninth in the Western Conference two seasons in a row, are seeking to break a five-year playoff drought. Getting off to…...

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The logjam that was the Denver Nuggets’ power forward rotation during the 2017-18 season was dense enough to dam up the Platte River. There were six players on last year’s squad whose best position was the four: Paul Millsap, Trey Lyles, Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, Juancho Hernangomez and Tyler Lydon. That number swelled to seven if you counted Wilson Chandler,…...

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LAS VEGAS — Monte Morris stamped out any faint hope the Milwaukee Bucks were clinging to. In the final game of group play Monday at NBA Summer League, the Bucks were in possession down five with 20 seconds to go. D.J. Wilson got jammed up along the three-point arc and tried to find teammate Jordan Barnett, but Morris read the…...

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LAS VEGAS — DeVaugh Akoon-Purcell caught the ball on the right side of the floor, charged downhill and crashed into a couple Milwaukee Bucks. The referee blew his whistle, and even though Akoon-Purcell earned a trip to the free throw line he still let out a manic yell after his shot didn’t drop into the basket for a potential and-one.…...

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Torrey Craig seemed content to make a living hooping overseas. The South Carolina native spent most of his 20s playing in New Zealand and Australia. His goal as a kid was always to make it in the NBA, but it never materialized — until the Nuggets took a chance on him. Craig was discovered by Joe Connelly, the brother of…...

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LAS VEGAS — The Denver Nuggets came into their second Summer League game shorthanded. Tyler Lydon and Thomas Welsh, two starters who suited up Friday, weren’t in the lineup. Lydon was resting while Welsh was out with a sore shoulder. Their absence meant the Nuggets were depending heavily on their starting backcourt of Monte Morris and Malik Beasley. Those two…...

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LAS VEGAS — Monte Morris entered NBA Summer League with the understanding that it was an audition. “My job is to go out … and show everyone I can be a backup in this league and run a unit,” he said last week. Morris is aware of the gaping hole in Denver’s rotation at point guard behind Jamal Murray, and…...

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Practice was wrapping up Wednesday when Michael Porter Jr. took the floor. On a side goal of the Nuggets’ practice facility, Porter offered everyone a small reminder of why he was the top-rated prospect in his high school class by sliding around the three-point arc and swishing one deep ball after another. Porter’s jumper looked impossibly smooth for a player…...

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