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On a humid summer morning in Hyattsville, Maryland, Jerami Grant is back where it all began. Before capturing gold at the FIBA Americas in 2012, before providing a spark off the bench as a freshman for Syracuse on the way to the Final 4, and years before securing a three-year, $27 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder last…

“What makes this play great” is a brand new series I will be doing here at DNVR in which I break down in detail a single play, moment, or sequence from a Denver Nuggets game and explain all of the subtle details that you might’ve missed the first time around. You can check out episode one, two and three from…...

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“The List” is a brand new series that serves as a companion piece for the “Notebook” episodes of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and the DNVR Nuggets podcast. In this edition, I share some notes on a feel-good win over the Memphis Grizzlies. 1. One of the biggest reasons that the Denver Nuggets’ offense has struggled so far this season…...

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Coming off his worst outing of the season—a 1 of 11 performance from the field against the Nets—you had a feeling Jamal Murray wanted to bounce back with vengeance from a rare off night on the offensive end of the floor. He did just that in Memphis, scoring a season-high 39 points in just 31 minutes of action as he…...

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The Nuggets knew when they traded into the second round to select Bol Bol that the 7-foot-2 center was going to be a long-term play. Denver didn’t need him to contribute immediately with most of its rotation from last year’s 54-win team set to return and Bol was coming off foot surgery that ended his freshman season at Oregon early.…...

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The denizens of the Pepsi Center have a trick in common that could have only come from the very top. They were built with patience and time. Good things come when you exercise patience over time… Just ask Andy Dufrense. Patience is a difficult skill to master. It was never a personal strength growing up, but one of my grandparents had…...

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Will Barton knows what the end of the bench feels like. The uncertainty of whether or not your name is going to be called. How imperative it is to stay ready at a moment’s notice, not sure if or when an opportunity will come. The art of not getting too high or too low while seconds tick off the clock…...

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The Denver Nuggets tipped off against the Brooklyn Nets on national television Friday night with one of the league’s most stout defenses through 10 games, but a corpse of an offensive identity. The vast majority of pre and post-game scrums this season have consisted of questions about the latter, and what it’s going to take to get it back on…...

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Here’s a bit of insight into just how much Michael Malone and the Nuggets have relied on their starters this season. The Nuggets’ starting five — Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Will Barton, Paul Millsap, and Nikola Jokic — is playing on average 20.9 minutes per game. That’s three minutes per game more than that lineup averaged last year and 3.8…...

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“The List” is a brand new series that serves as a companion piece for the “Notebook” episodes of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and the DNVR Nuggets podcast. In this edition, I share some notes on the brutal loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. Many of these topics were discussed in detail on Wednesday’s edition of the DNVR Nuggets…...

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The Denver Nuggets were going to blow out the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Denver opened the game on a 9-0 run, showing life on both ends of the court in a way we haven’t seen this season save their 20-point shellacking of the Miami Heat. The Nuggets put up 34 points in the first quarter on 54% from the…...

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You really thought the Nuggets were over having nights like this. Nights when Denver plays down to its competition. Nights when the Nuggets revert back to the defensive team they were for the first couple years of the Michael Malone era, not the top-10 defense Denver was last season. Nights when the Nuggets fall victim to the the scouting report…...

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“The List” is a brand new series that serves as a companion piece for the “Notebook” episodes of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and the DNVR Nuggets podcast. In this edition, I talk about the reasons the Denver Nuggets are struggling to generate three-point shots and highlight Will Barton’s defense in the clutch. 1. One of the concerns for the…...

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Jamal Murray clapped. Assistant coach Wes Unseld Jr. took a few steps onto the court to congratulate his players. Torrey Craig rose from his spot on the Nuggets’ bench and let out a scream. The Nuggets weren’t celebrating a Jamal Murray 3-pointer, a magical Nikola Jokic assist, or a Will Barton basket. Denver was rejoicing over its first highlight play…...

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“The List” is a brand new series that serves as a companion piece for the “Notebook” episodes of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and the DNVR Nuggets podcast. In this edition, I share notes on Jamal Murray’s lack of three-point shooting, the team’s continuity, and Nikola Jokic’s ability to put defenses into uncomfortable situations. 1. One of the things that…...

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Remember Nikola Jokic’s puzzling start to the season? Denver’s All-NBA big man barely looked at the basket throughout the first half last week in Orlando as questions about his aggressiveness clouded the Nuggets’ start to the season. That seems like ages ago now. Jokic strung together his second strong outing in a row Sunday in Minnesota as the Nuggets overcame…...

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