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When Colorado went through that mid-season slump, the entire point of it became to turn it around before it got too late in the year. Neither goaltender had stepped up and really played like a starting goaltender after essentially skipping December and January. Then it was as if the switch that had flipped off following Colorado’s win over Florida in…...

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The Nuggets held Bojan Bogdanovic to one of his worst shooting performances of the season when Denver and Indiana faced off two weeks ago at Pepsi Center, limiting the forward to just 16 points on 5-12 shooting. But whatever defensive game plan the Nuggets put into action back on March 16 didn’t make its way to Indiana for Sunday’s matinee…...

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The Nuggets have already accomplished their No. 1 goal this season: to make the playoffs. And with a postseason berth in their back pocket, Denver is barrelling down at another one of the objectives that it took aim at in the preseason. The Nuggets topped the Knicks Friday 111-93, moving to 49-22 on the season and into a tie with…...

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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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This has been a long, weird year for the Colorado Avalanche. It feels like another lifetime ago but we’ve watched this club put out a top line that at one point had three players on pace for 100-point seasons. We saw a power play so prolific at the start of the season, Lauren Gardner caught Mikko Rantanen off-guard during a…...

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After missing the postseason by one game in each of the last two seasons, the Denver Nuggets are playoff bound. Denver clinched a postseason berth Monday night in Boston, topping the Celtics 114-105. The Nuggets moved to 47-22 on the season, eclipsing their 46-win mark from last year. The Nuggets trailed by five points late in the third quarter, but…...

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When we talk about how goaltenders are voodoo, this is the stuff we’re talking about. There were no signs of this coming. Following a dominant home win on January 4 against the New York Rangers, Philipp Grubauer started three games in the span of a month, giving up 16 goals (!) in those starts. At that point, Semyon Varlamov had…...

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The Nuggets can heat up in an instant. They looked sluggish to start Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers and got down by as many as 18 in the second quarter. But as halftime approached, they ripped off a 15-2 run in a 3-minute, 16-second span. That stretch allowed them to claw back into the game, and they defeated the…...

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With less than a month remaining in the regular season, the Denver Nuggets are staring down the home stretch. They have a solid cushion to nab a top-2 seed but can’t afford any stumbles with the Houston Rockets gaining ground — especially stumbles to team as poor on the road as the Dallas Mavericks, the opponent that rolled into Pepsi…...

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When you go on the road and have a virtual no-show against a division rival whom you’re competing for a playoff spot with, it’s hard to have any kind of response that makes you feel like it was just one game. That’s especially true when that road game costs you your captain, third-leading scorer, and most versatile two-way forward. And…...

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Two months ago, the Warriors landed an uppercut to the chin on the Nuggets. On Jan. 15, Golden State rolled into the Mile High City and torched Denver for 51 points in the first quarter en route to a 31-point win. Friday, the top two teams in the Western Conference met for the first time since that beatdown. The game…...

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Well, at least Ottawa lost. #LoseForHughes. That may be what it’s getting down to for Avs fans. While the Avs still have many mathematical opportunities to get themselves into the playoffs, their realistic hopes took a big turn for the worse Thursday night in a flatline, critical-game effort against the Dallas Stars. The Avs are now the 11th best team…...

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Gary Harris checked into the game with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter after watching the Lakers whittle Denver’s 23-point lead down to two from the Nuggets’ bench. Five minutes later, Harris had essentially ended the Lakers’ night. Harris’ fourth-quarter flurry, where the Nuggets’ starting shooting guard went on a personal 11-0 run, pushed Denver’s lead back to nine…...

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It’s all about the long game. In their season-long question to have their cake and eat it, too, the Avalanche pulled off the double dip perfectly. With the Ottawa Senators sneaking a point against the New York Islanders tonight, the Sens moved to within just three points of the Detroit Red Wings for last place in the NHL. With the…...

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Seven seasons and counting. That’s how long it’s been since the Nuggets won in San Antonio against the Spurs, and Monday night, Denver extended its losing streak another year. Behind 24 points from DeMar DeRozan and 22 more via LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs edged the Nuggets 104-103 and handed the Nuggets their third-straight loss. The last time Denver won in…...

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Death, taxes, and Julius Randle having his way with the Denver Nuggets. The Pelicans’ bruising power forward always seems to dominate the Nuggets on the interior, no matter what jersey he’s wearing. Randle was up to his old tricks Saturday evening. Randle finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, as he imposed his will on Denver all night…...

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Nuggets coach Michael Malone likes to say he never worries about his offense. Over the last three seasons, his team has proved it can score under any circumstance. It’s the defense that keeps him up at night. Thursday at Pepsi Center, however, was the rare game where the Nuggets failed to click on the offensive end. They looked out of…...

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When you’ve lost 12 out of 13 of anything, you’re probably going to be pretty over getting involved in whatever you’re losing. When the Avalanche found their way in overtime once again following a blown third period lead for the second time in three nights, they buckled down. I talked with Erik Johnson this morning about how the team can…...

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The Nuggets have the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference in their sights. Behind 36 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists from Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets held off a furious fourth-quarter rally from the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George to win 121-112 in front of a sold-out crowd and a nationally televised audience. Denver led by 13 at…...

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Winning at Pepsi Center is becoming a formality for the Nuggets. Their last loss at 1000 Chopper Circle? Jan. 15 to Golden State. Denver’s last defeat at home before that? Nov. 13 to Houston. The Nuggets have won 19 of their last 20 games inside of their friendly confines, and their impressive run continued Sunday. The Nuggets throttled the Clippers…...

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