Nuggets fan should’ve been able to bask in the afterglow of Nikola Jokic’s 35-point triple-double following Saturday’s home opener. Instead, the atmosphere inside Pepsi Center remained gloomy despite Denver’s 119-91 demolition of the Phoenix Suns. Why? The feeling that the Nuggets might have won a battle but lost a war. In the third quarter, Will Barton had to be wheeled off the court on a stretcher after he went up for a layup and felt a pop.

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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.