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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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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…

The trade caught Mason Plumlee completely by surprise. When Portland dealt Plumlee to Denver 10 days before the 2017 trade deadline, the Trail Blazers’ starting center was averaging a career-high 11.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Plumlee was not a perfect fit, but a solid one nonetheless alongside Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. And fresh off a…...

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Headlined by Nikola Jokic, the Rolodex of NBA players who have come through the Nuggets’ European pipeline that connects clubs from leagues in the Balkans, Spain and elsewhere throughout the continent to Denver, runs deep. From Jusuf Nurkic, who Denver acquired in a 2014 draft night trade and has since moved on to Portland, to 2017 second-round pick Vlatko Cancar,…...

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It wasn’t the prettiest performance from Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers. It certainly wasn’t his most efficient either. Jokic shot just 5-14 from the field for 15 points and was bothered by former teammate and rival big man Jusuf Nurkic for much of the evening. But in winning time, with his team’s back against…...

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Nikola Jokic speaks with the media following the Denver Nuggets’ 88-82 win over the Portland Trail Blazers....

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Wind and Clark recap the Denver Nuggets win over the Portland Trail Blazers, go into detail about Jamal Murray's career night and discuss the importance of him emerging as the Nuggets' closer down the stretch of games. Also, notes on Murray and Malone's tight-knit relationship and changes to Denver's starting lineup.

Rundown

4:30 - Another new starting five

6:45 - Denver's team defense

7:30 - Nikola Jokic struggles offensively

9:30 - Michael Malone follows through on a promise

14:30 - Is Jamal Murray making a leap?

17:00 - Murray and Malone's relationship

20:00 - Murray's innate confidence

21:30 - How vital to Denver's success is Murray's progression?

28:30 - Wilson Chandler's defense off the bench

31:00 - Will the Nuggets stick with big ball?

34:30 - A note from philosopher Will Barton

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A cheerful Jusuf Nurkic strolled down the main corridor at Pepsi Center around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning, greeted a few familiar faces from the Denver Nuggets training staff and then proceeded further down the hallway towards the arena's visiting locker room for the first time in his four-year career. It's Nurkic first trip back to Denver since the Nuggets traded the disgruntled center to Portland last February.

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Rounds one and two went to the Trail Blazers. Round three went to the Nuggets. Round four, which will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at Pepsi Center, will determine if Denver can pull even with Portland since the two sides made a major trade in February.

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Wind and Clark recap an eventful Sunday practice and look ahead to the Denver Nuggets’ matchup Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers. Jusuf Nurkic returns to Pepsi Center for the first time since last season’s trade but some of the excitement over that rivalry seems to have faded. Will Nuggets coach Michael Malone make significant changes to his lineup and rotation? What’s Denver’s team morale like during the Nuggets’ biggest rut of the season? That and more in the Monday edition of the BSN Nuggets Podcast.

Rundown

5:00 – Weekly reset

6:00 – Nurkic’s return to Denver and “rivalry” with Portland

9:00 – Denver’s rival going forward

12:30 – Major changes to the rotation? Not so fast

16:00 – The Nuggets aren’t panicking

18:00 – Malone won’t call as many plays

21:00 – Malone is making it a point to stay positive (practice audio)

25:30 – Malone speaking with players 1-on-1

26:30 – What changes (if any) will be made to the starting lineup/rotation?

29:30 – How many days of service does Torrey Craig have left?

32:00 – Could Plumlee/Jokic make a return?

Harrison Wind and Christian Clark recap the Denver Nuggets’ two wins from this weekend and attempt to put their defensive uptick in perspective. How much of Denver’s success on that end of the floor has to do with their opponent just missing open shots and how much of it is actually the Nuggets’ defense? Was Nikola Jokic’s performance against Jusuf Nurkic and Portland just another good game or a significant step in his career? Will Emmanuel Mudiay return to Denver’s rotation on Tuesday when he’s expected to be in the lineup versus Utah? Will Nuggets coach Michael Malone stick with a shorter rotation? That and more on the Monday edition of the BSN Nuggets Podcast.

Denver Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic’s first two matchups against his former teammate Jusuf Nurkic didn’t go exactly to plan. Last season’s March 28 loss in Portland was perhaps the toughest defeat of the Nuggets’ 2016-17 campaign. Nurkic played the best game of his career and laid 33 points and 15 rebounds on Denver. The Trail Blazers took a one-game lead for the eighth…...

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The Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 102-85 on Friday. After years of struggles at the Moda Center, Denver finally got a win in its personal house of horrors. Here are five observations from the game. 1. Jokic outduels Nurkic Prior to Friday’s game, Nuggets coach Michael Malone offered an honest assessment about the first two rounds of Jokic vs.…...

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The Jusuf Nurkic trade will live in infamy for likely the next decade or so but there was a good reason why the big man ended up in Portland.

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How the Denver Nuggets should approach the final few weeks of the regular season with their playoff hopes looking bleak.

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What Jusuf Nurkic's leg injury means for Portland's and more importantly the Denver Nuggets playoff hopes.

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How Jusuf Nurkic might have ended the Nuggets' season with a dominating performance over the team that drafted him.

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Recapping a gut-wrenching Nuggets loss at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers as Denver wonders what's next for their playoff hopes.

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