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Each weekday, our DNVR Nuggets crew will be tackling one question about the Nuggets season in a round table format. Members, leave the questions that you’d like to see our writers answer in the comments section below and Harrison, Adam and Brendan will address them on an upcoming episode of the DNVR Nuggets Podcast.

What is the most encouraging development from the incomplete regular season?

Brendan: Jokić embracing reality

Before the regular season started, Nikola Jokić told Altitude TV's Vic Lombardi that he "can be the Tim Duncan of Denver Nuggets," igniting the embers of nascent fantasies throughout the city. It's not just the idea of Jokić spending his entire career in a Nuggets jersey that's so enticing. In essence, it's the idea that, like Tim Duncan, he might commit to a healthy basketball culture and a willingness to lead by example. Jokić isn't particularly vocal or overstated, but he still has time to settle into his style of leadership. I believe something sunk in for him this season. If cared to attentively, the seeds planted might bud in the years to come.

The Big Man didn't have it in November. He came into camp significantly overweight, and he was in a historic shooting slump to start the regular season. He looked distant, irritable, and frankly, unwilling to climb out of whatever hole he fell. But something clicked after the Nuggets dropped their first meeting with the Lakers in Pepsi Center. He admitted to being in a slump for the first time, and acknowledged he wasn't thrilled with how things looked offensively. He took the blame, and then something clicked.

His mood began to change in the locker room and his media availabilities. His shot started to fall, first from around the rim, then the mid-range, and eventually from deep. He began lifting directly after every game and quickly shed the extra weight. We've heard head coach Micahel Malone speak about Jokić's growth as a leader and how he's learning how to talk to his teammates; how to share his knowledge of the game.

There's still plenty to be desired. Jokić is mercurial and slips in and out of levels of high engagement. He doesn't always seem willing or able to manufacture a sense of urgency across 82 games, and sometimes poor body-language supersedes a more healthy expression of frustration. But we saw and heard from a player that is embracing the myriad responsibilities that come with his talent.

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For those in search of a recap of the Denver Nuggets’ 109-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks’ JJV-team, there’s no better place to start than Jamal Murray’s banishment of D.J. Wilson late in the third quarter. To set the scene, Milwaukee sat their best players and trotted out an active roster that included several google-jobs and two misleading inclusions in…...

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Championships are not won in March. Few meaningful games are. But the Denver Nuggets are running out of time to show us they’re ready to improve on last season’s playoff run. The Nuggets play their best when they play with joy, and they’ve played joylessly since the All-Star break. The defense is in shambles, the turnovers are out of control,…...

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The last time the Golden State Warriors were in Pepsi Center was January 15, 2019. Denver led Golden State narrowly in the Western Conference standings, and the Nuggets found themselves in a battle for the one-seed. The Warriors treated it like a statement game and only needed 12 minutes to get their message across. After the first quarter, they led…...

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Brendan Vogt and Harrison Wind swap notes after the Nuggets drop the ball against the Warriors Have a Denver Nuggets question? Reply in the comment section below. The DNVR Nuggets crew is committed to answering EVERY question that DNVR members ask in the comment section. That’s right, every single one. So send them in! Questions can be specific things about…

There’s a chance that no one feels more relieved this morning than Peyton Manning. Manning likes to attend Nuggets games with his family, like an average person. Of course, he isn’t one. He’s Peyton F****** Manning. The Nuggets trot him out there like a mascot, writing him into bits with Rocky, and making it virtually impossible for him to experience…...

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Brendan Vogt and Harrison Wind swap notes after the Denver Nuggets take care of the Toronto Raptors at home Have a Denver Nuggets question? Reply in the comment section below. The DNVR Nuggets crew is committed to answering EVERY question that DNVR members ask in the comment section. That’s right, every single one. So send them in! Questions can be…

The Denver Nuggets have won 40 games. They’ve played as well against teams with winning records as virtually any contender. They have wins that stand up with the best by any side all season long — like a shorthanded win in Milwaukee on the second night of a back-to-back, or ‘The Seven’ marching through the mountains into Salt Lake City,…...

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That’s what we’ve been clamoring for, I suppose. With a woeful Detroit Pistons team in town, the Denver Nuggets avoided playing down and kept their foot on the pedal for almost four quarters. They were focused, engaged, and in control as they picked up a 115-98 win, leaving folks like me with little to discuss. For the second consecutive game,…...

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From long before the game started until well after it was over, the result itself—a 128-116 win for the Denver Nuggets—felt secondary to what is sure to dominate the headlines. Just a little more than two weeks after being dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the trade deadline, the trio of Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Juancho Hernangomez was back…...

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The Denver Nuggets played a game under the gaze of the basketball universe on Wednesday night with playoff implications and big expectations. They apparently did not get that memo. Nuggets fans know those circumstances are a recipe for disaster this season, the team falling flat on their faces when the nation tunes in—the misfortunate subject of Charles Barkley’s schadenfreude. But…...

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Whatever magic the Denver Nuggets had summoned, whatever inspired a heroic push and slew of unlikely victories in the face of legitimate adversity since the start of January, it looked as though it had dried up in the first half of their game with the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. Before the third quarter was over, the possibility of…...

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On the seventh day, sources tell me the Lord rested. Wouldn’t that be nice, Nikola Jokić must be thinking to himself. The Denver Nuggets franchise player has moved mountains in January and the start of February, without the benefit of much rest. The Injury Bug swarm has reached biblical proportions in Denver. On Wednesday night in Utah, following a trade…...

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First, there was a basketball game. The Denver Nuggets hosted and blew out Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night buy stifling the thermonuclear star in a 127-99 ass-kicking. While Lillard struggled, Nikola Jokić dominated as we got another glimpse of what an offense built around his greatness looks like when orbited by capable shooters. Denver hit…...

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