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Wind recaps the Nuggets’ win over the Heat, how Denver rediscovered its early-season defensive prowess for one night, what keyed the Nuggets’ third-quarter spurt and who was the MVP of a much-needed win to break the three-game losing streak. Also, a five-minute conversation with Nuggets rookie Jarred Vanderbilt on getting in basketball shape and what it’s like to work with…

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, Mason Plumlee, Malik Beasley, Nikola Jokic, Monte Morris, and Paul Millsap following the Nuggets’ 103-87 win over the Miami Heat Monday. Michael Malone Mason Plumlee Malik Beasley Nikola Jokic Monte Morris Paul Millsap...

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Three nuggets for the three-game losing streak that came to an end Monday. Denver beat Miami 103-87 in its second-to-last game before the All-Star break. 1. Pretend Paul Millsap got his memory wiped “Men in Black” style before Monday’s game. Indulge me for a second. Millsap might’ve been confused to see the large Serbian man on his team dominating his…...

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Coincidence or not, Denver’s best defensive game in weeks came with the Nuggets’ defensive captain back in the lineup. Paul Millsap, who missed the last three games with ankle soreness, watched helplessly from the sidelines as the Nuggets gave up 129, 135 and 117 points to the Pistons, Nets and 76ers as Denver’s defense continued to plummet from the top-5…...

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Coming off a three-game losing streak and with the All-Star break less than a week away, Michael Malone knew the importance of tonight’s matchup against the Heat. “Our sense of urgency has to be at a season high tonight, having lost three games in a row,” Malone said an hour and a half before tip. But it wasn’t the start Denver’s…...

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IF MICHAEL MALONE was a college professor, class participation would account for a large percentage of his students’ final grades. Malone’s film sessions, especially after a tough loss, can resemble a college lecture hall where Denver’s coach will survey the players who were on the court during a turnover or poor defensive sequence and ask what they were seeing as…

A little more than a week ago, the Nuggets celebrated perhaps their most rewarding win of the season by dousing their head coach in water and breaking out their post-game huddle with a phrase that’s morphed into an unofficial team motto: “Party time.” The Nuggets, who beat the Timberwolves 107-106 on Feb. 2, had several reasons to feel good about…...

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Rampant injuries up and down Denver’s roster combined with a hectic schedule haven’t allowed the Nuggets many chances to work out their kinks on their practice court over the last few weeks. Today, Denver was finally afforded that opportunity as Nuggets coach Michael Malone cautiously allowed his team to play in live 5-on-5 games during Sunday’s practice. “To allow our…...

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In a daunting nationally televised matchup against the new-look 76ers, the Nuggets hung tough for four quarters but ultimately fell 117-110 as Philadelphia handed Denver its third-straight loss. We grade every performance from the Nuggets with our Dynamic Player Rating (DPR), which takes into account 12 different statistical factors. Note: for DPRs that are lacking context, our beat reporters are offering their…...

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Six nuggets for six JJ Redick treys in a 117-110 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. 1. The Nuggets are limping into the All-Star Break. A four-game road trip that started out with a dramatic win in Minnesota — clinching Michael Malone’s coaching spot in Charlotte — ended in three straight defeats at Detroit, Brooklyn and Philadelphia. The Nuggets…...

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For Isaiah Thomas, nothing about his grueling 10-month rehab from season-ending hip surgery last March has been easy. But surely the most difficult chapter of his journey back to the court took place over the last few months as Thomas was restricted to watching his team surge to the top of the Western Conference standings from the sidelines in street clothes.…...

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Seven nuggets for seven 3-pointers the Nets drained in the second quarter of their 135-130 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. 1. It doesn’t take much to get a good look against the Nuggets right now. Too many times, they look unprepared to handle something as simple as, say, a dribble hand-off on the wing six seconds into the…...

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Treveon Graham caught a pass from Shabazz Napier on the left wing early in Wednesday night’s fourth quarter, turned and faced the basket, looking a bit surprised that no Nuggets defender had rotated out to guard him at the three-point line. Graham rose and fired, and his triple splashed through the net as Denver bungled another switch on the perimeter. It…...

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Wind (Team LeBron) and Clark (Team Giannis) draft their All-Star teams. Who wound up with the better squad? Let them know. Team LeBron: Kevin Durant (1), Kyrie Irving (3), Kawhi Leonard (5), Joel Embiid (7), Anthony Davis (10), Bradley Beal (12), Ben Simmons (14), Russell Westbrook (16), Blake Griffin (18), D’Angelo Russell (20), Nikola Vucevic (22), Dwyane Wade (24) Team…

Nikola Jokic won’t be getting too much rest during the upcoming All-Star break. Jokic, who was selected to his first All-Star game last week, was named Tuesday as a participant in the Taco Bells Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend which runs from Feb 15-17 in Charlotte. Mike Conley, Luka Doncic, De’Aaron Fox, Kyle Kuzma, Jayson Tatum, Nikola Vucevic and Trae Young…...

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