DENVER — Nikola Jokic was rolling at the start of the second quarter Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Nuggets’ star center blocked a shot, hit a deep three-pointer and got to the free throw line in a four-minute stretch. The temptation to ride him for the entire quarter was understandable. Instead, Nuggets coach Michael Malone subbed Paul Millsap in for Jokic at the 7:15 mark.

Beginning in Denver’s March 15 win over the Detroit Pistons, Malone has tweaked his rotation so that either Jokic or Millsap is on the floor at all times. One of Denver’s biggest problems over the last two seasons is that it falls apart anytime Jokic goes to the bench. Ensuring Millsap, a proven tough bucket getter, is on the floor when Jokic is not is an effort to mitigate that effect.

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Christian Clark
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Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.

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