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“Watsup, guys? “Hey, Nikola.” The same call and response between the Nuggets’ All-Star center and reporters kicks off every one of Jokic’s postseason media sessions, which over the last three weeks have converted multiple arena’s postgame interview rooms into late-night comedy clubs. Monday’s show started right as the clock struck 12 p.m. as Jokic climbed the stage, took the mic…...

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If certain parts of Game 7 between the Nuggets and Spurs “set basketball back” for the lack of shotmaking, as Gregg Popovich put it Saturday, Denver’s second-round opener against Portland on Monday showed what makes the modern game great: so much skill everywhere. The Nuggets and Trail Blazers both came out firing; each shot 52% in the first half. Denver,…...

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The Portland Trail Blazers have an open invitation from the Nuggets to double-team Nikola Jokic as often as they’d like to in the two team’s second-round playoff series beginning Monday night in Denver. “If they want to double, have at it,” Michael Malone said. “If you watched the San Antonio series closely they stopped doubling him for a reason. He…...

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The Nuggets are about to hop in their DeLorean and time travel back to 2019. If the offensive execution at times in the Nuggets’ first-round matchup against the Spurs set basketball back, as Gregg Popovich stated after his team’s Game 7 loss last week, Denver’s second-round matchup versus the Portland Trail Blazers will look much more like basketball is played…...

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Fourteen days and 16 feet were the difference between dejection and elation in the first postseason series of Jamal Murray’s career. In Denver’s first-round date against San Antonio, that was how much time went by between Game 1 and Game 7, and how much space separates the right elbow from the left elbow. Go back to April 13: Murray clanged…...

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Wind and Clark recap the Nuggets’ Game 7 win over the Spurs, Nikola Jokic’s remarkable offensive and defensive play throughout the series and the most impressive part of his performance across Denver’s seven games that doesn’t show up in the box score. Also, how the Jamal Murray-Derrick White matchup told the story of the series and a look ahead to…

With the Nuggets’ season on the line in Game 7, Denver pulled out a convincing 90-86 win over the Spurs. 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 scout’s grade. Nikola Jokic (B+) 78.11 — Jokic…...

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To help you hear what we hear, BSN Denver is uploading uncut audio after Nuggets game this season. Here’s what was said by Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Gregg Popovich, Michael Malone, Monte Morris and Torrey Craig following the Nuggets’ 90-86 Game 7 win over the Spurs. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray Gregg Popovich Michael Malone Monte Morris Torrey Craig...

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Melodrama. The second-leading scorer on their most successful regular-season team ever shredding his knee two weeks before the playoffs. Waving goodbye to the reigning Executive of the Year. Firing the reigning Coach of the Year. Following along on social media as their star player smoked hookah and declared his days in Denver were numbered on draft night as they chose…...

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The Nikola Jokic story goes a little something like this. A self-described “fat point guard” grows up Sombor, Serbia, a quaint little town located in the northwest corner of the country tucked up against the borders of neighboring Hungary and Croatia. There he watches his two older brothers play the game of basketball while he dabbles in the sport but…...

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The lights were bright. The stage was international. The building was packed. The tension in the final moments before Game 7 between the Nuggets and Spurs tipped off? Palpable. And just as he has throughout the first six games of Denver’s first-round series, Nikola Jokic seized the moment. Jokic was magnificent in his first career Game 7, leading Denver to…...

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Wind recaps the Nuggets’ Game 6 loss, what stood out from the best game of Nikola Jokic’s career, where Denver’s lost a potential close-out matchup and what the Nuggets will have to do to win Game 7 Saturday at Pepsi Center. Also, was Jakob Poeltl’s screen on Jamal Murray dirty? And why Denver’s bench unit should bounce back at home.…

SAN ANTONIO — There’s no reason to bury the lede. Nikola Jokic played the best basketball game of his career Thursday night. But Jokic’s 43 points, a new career high and the most a Nuggets player has scored in the playoffs in franchise history, weren’t enough. Neither were his 12 rebounds or nine assists. The Nuggets fell 120-103 to the…...

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To help you hear what we hear, BSN Denver is uploading uncut audio after Nuggets game this season. Here’s what Michael Malone, Mason Plumlee, Monte Morris and Nikola Jokic said following a 120-103 Game 6 loss in San Antonio on Thursday. Michael Malone Mason Plumlee Monte Morris Nikola Jokic...

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SAN ANTONIO — Early in the third quarter, Jamal Murray crumpled to the ground and took his time getting back up. Denver’s starting point guard was trying to navigate around a Jakob Poeltl ball screen but lost his balance after Poeltl jutted out his leg and caught Murray in the left thigh. Murray rolled around in obvious discomfort. He stayed…...

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SAN ANTONIO — Nikola Jokic came to play in the first closeout game of his career. The Nuggets’ star center was in one of those zones where you could blindfold him 10 feet from the hoop, spin him around three times and he’d still find a way to flip in the shot. Jokic was brilliant in Game 6 Thursday, but…...

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SAN ANTONIO — You’d think that a small forward who’s playing heavy minutes in his first career playoff series and is tasked with guarding four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan only two years removed from starring in Australia and New Zealand’s National Basketball League would feel a few nerves stepping out onto the floor under the brighter than usual postseason lights. Torrey…...

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The Denver Nuggets’ point guard is their center, and their center is their point guard. OK, that’s painting with too broad a brush, but at certain points this season, the responsibilities Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic have as ball handler and big man have blurred. Late in the second quarter of Tuesday’s Game 5 win, Murray shot up from the…...

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The Nuggets didn’t celebrate after their 108-90 Game 5 win over the Spurs. They barely even smiled. Jamal Murray sat serenely at his locker with his right shoulder wrapped in ice and scrolled through his phone while a pair of noise-canceling headphones drowned out the commotion coming from the center of the Nuggets’ locker room where the media had congregated.…...

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