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SAN ANTONIO — It looked like pregame layup lines, the way Derrick White was going to the basket unencumbered. Any time the second-year guard decided to get to the rim, Denver’s defense cracked like an egg. By halftime of Thursday’s pivotal Game 3, White, who was slated to be a backup before Dejounte Murray tore his ACL in the preseason,…...

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Having a short-term memory is an essential quality in any good shooter. Steve Kerr, the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-point percentage, used to scribble the letters “FI” on his sneakers, shorthand for “f*** it.” “If you’re self-conscious as a shooter, you’re doomed,” Kerr explained in Chris Ballard’s excellent book “The Art of a Beautiful Game.” With 1:23 to go in…...

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With his team on the ropes in the third quarter, their dream season hanging on by a thread, Michael Malone called a timeout to regroup and mount one last charge. The Nuggets trailed by 16 points with a quarter and a half to go, and their head coach could sense hope was fading. “I could see it on some guy’s…...

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It got so ugly, the boo birds came out. In a must-win Game 2, the Nuggets fell behind by as many as 19 points. They looked cooked. Jamal Murray, playing about as poorly as possible through three quarters, looked shaken. But in the fourth quarter, Murray came alive, and the Nuggets pulled off an improbable come-from-behind win to even the…...

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After the Nuggets laid enough bricks to build a new Natural Grocers, Nikola Jokic ambled to the interview room, nonchalantly answered questions and when it was over, went all court jester. “My voice sounds funny on this thing,” he said, jiggling the microphone in front of him. “Hahaha.” Meanwhile, his pick-and-roll partner was upstairs getting shots up to try to…...

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Gregg Popovich erupted like a 2 liter filled with Mentos a minute into the Spurs’ final regular-season matchup against the Nuggets on April 3. Popovich, apparently incensed by a non-call against Paul Millsap in the post or perhaps just playing the long game with a Spurs-Nuggets first-round series possibly on the docket, stomped all the way to his team’s own…...

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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, Torrey Craig, Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic following Thursday’s 99-95 win over the Timberwolves. Michael Malone Torrey Craig Paul Millsap Jamal Murray Nikola Jokic...

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The Game 82 sequel was a lot more meh than the original — at least at the start. It took until the end against the Minnesota Timberwolves for the fireworks to flare. The Nuggets played like there were no stakes involved for most of the game but roared back late to close the game on a 15-0 run and beat Minnesota…...

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Much like rappers who keep their ears to the ground for the next hot sound, basketball coaches watch games to see what they can repurpose as their own. In 2014, not long after Drake released a remix of Migos’ “Versace” and began incorporating the Atlanta trio’s ratatat flow into his own music, Michael Malone, then in his first and only full…

In the 37th minute of his 78th game, Nikola Jokic took over. The Nuggets had just absorbed a series of body blows against the Trail Blazers on Friday, so to start the fourth quarter, they counterpunched by going to their star center. Jokic dropped in a turnaround hook over Enes Kanter, lined up a straightaway 3 and then drove right…...

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A lot was on the line in the Nuggets’ second-to-last home game of the regular season. In the first part of a weekend doubleheader against the Portland Trail Blazers, they were seeking to lock up home-court advantage in the playoffs, win the Northwest Division for the first time since 2010 and, most significantly, put on a good show for Marlins…...

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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, Malik Beasley, Mason Plumlee, Jamal Murray, Monte Morris and Nikola Jokic following Denver’s 113-85 win over San Antonio on Wednesday. Michael Malone Malik Beasley Mason Plumlee Jamal Murray Monte Morris Nikola Jokic...

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The Golden State Warriors have forced perspective on the Denver Nuggets during their dream season. As well as the Nuggets have played this year, their last three meetings against the back-to-back NBA champions are proof of how far there still is to go. On Jan. 15, Golden State smacked Denver by 31 points. On March 8, it cruised to a…...

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Nikola Jokic’s favorite movie is “Gladiator.” Denver’s star center has been on the record that he loves the turn-of-the-Millenium flick starring Russell Crowe as Maximus, the Roman general who’s well-adjusted when he’s not fighting but flips the switch when he steps into the arena. Jokic has even said before that NBA players are like modern-day gladiators. Jokic himself is a…...

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Jamal Murray delivered the dagger with 1:46 to play. As the shot clock was winding down, the Nuggets’ 22-year-old point guard took two dribbles to his left, stepped sideways to create space, got Steven Adams to bite on a pump fake and flicked in a 3. The shot stretched Denver’s lead to double digits and capped what Nuggets coach Michael…...

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The Denver Nuggets have been the NBA’s best team on the second night of back to backs this season. They’re 10-1 in second games within a 48-hour period. In November, the Nuggets clipped the Thunder on the second night of a back to back in Oklahoma City. On Friday, they did the same, coming away with a 115-105 win to…...

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In June, Tim Connelly was at his parent’s home in South Baltimore when his do-it-all wing asked to meet up. Come to the barber shop, Will Barton told him. Free agency was weeks away, and Barton was eligible for a new deal. Barton was coming off a career year in which he’d done everything from start at small forward to…

The Nuggets’ bench is rock solid, but in recent weeks, the impact they’ve made has been inconsistent as Denver fiddled with inserting Isaiah Thomas as a regular and Michael Malone pared his rotation down. But in the last few games, Thomas has, save for a first-half stint in Boston, not gotten minutes, and Malone has settled on four reserve contributors:…...

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