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Nikola Jokic's suspension for leaving the Nuggets' bench during Wednesday's first-quarter altercation in Utah, which sent Mason Plumlee and Derrick Favors to their respective locker rooms, hit everyone by surprise.

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Kelly Oubre Jr. planted the ceremonial dagger in the Denver Nuggets’ chest at the third quarter buzzer....

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PHOENIX — The Denver Nuggets used a 21-9 third-quarter run to ease past the Phoenix Suns 123-113 Saturday night for their first road win since Dec. 23. The Nuggets are 7-3 in their past 10 games and are posting the league’s fourth-best offense over that span. But after another night where his team gave up triple digits and saw its…...

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PHOENIX — Wilson Chandler averaged 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 2017. That career year feels like decades ago. This season, Chandler has struggled to find his footing on the offensive end of the floor through 49 regular season games, and as a result, his numbers have slipped to just 8.8 points on 41.6 percent shooting…...

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PHOENIX — After an emotional departure from Dallas — a city where Devin Harris spent the last four years and parts of nine of his 13 seasons in the NBA — the 6-foot-3 guard arrived at the Denver Nuggets’ team hotel Saturday with the three-team trade between the Mavericks, Knicks and Nuggets finally complete in time for the team’s morning…...

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Mason Plumlee's minutes dropped Friday against the Phoenix Suns as the Nuggets' now-reserve center came off the bench in favor of Trey Lyles who moved into Denver's starting lineup. However, the limited minutes didn't stop Plumlee from being front-and-center for a second-quarter confrontation between Plumlee and Suns' big man Tyson Chandler that resulted in a flagrant foul-penalty (1) assessed to Chandler. After the game, a battered and bruised Plumlee spoke with Denver about the sequence.

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The Denver Nuggets fell 108-100 to the Phoenix Suns in what was arguably its worst loss of the season Friday night at Pepsi Center. Denver was outscored 31-19 in the second quarter and wasn't able to get enough stops down the stretch to close Phoenix's margin in the final minutes. Here's how each Nuggets player performed.

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Wind and Clark recap another Nuggets loss, this time to the Phoenix Suns. Nuggets coach Michael Malone and his players cited effort as the reason for the loss afterward. Are they right? Also what changes are in store for Denver’s starting lineup and rotation?

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1:30 – A new worst loss of the year?

3:30 – Effort?

5:00 – Locker room reaction

5:30 – Will Barton’s full postgame comments

9:00 – The surprising mood of Denver’s locker room

15:00 – Evaluating the new starting lineup

18:30 – Predicting changes for the starters and rotation

26:00 – Is the pressure increasing to make a move?

30:00 – Nikola Jokic’s night

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, Trey Lyles, Jamal Murray, Will Barton and Nikola Jokic after Denver’s 108-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

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Nuggets coach Michael Malone tweaked his rotation following Wednesday's loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles by inserting Trey Lyles into the starting lineup for Mason Plumlee. Following Friday's 108-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Pepsi Center, it sounds like more changes could be in store after Denver (23-23) fell to .500 for the first time since early November.

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Nuggets players and coaches agree that effort is at the core of their problems. They said so after a devastating loss Friday to the Phoenix Suns.

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January continues to be a disaster of a month for the Denver Nuggets. Friday night at Pepsi Center the Nuggets lost 108-100 to the Phoenix Suns and dropped its record to 4-6 in the new year.

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Nikola Jokic has started at power forward in 14 of Denver's last 15 games. But he'll be playing his natural position of center more moving forward.

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Front and center of Denver's offensive shortcomings is Nikola Jokic. His scoring average has dropped from 18.4 points per game in December to 16.1 per game in January. Jokic is also shooting 40.6 percent from the field in 2018—a startling and uncharacteristic mark for the typically efficient Serbian—and has hit just 16 of his last 67 threes across the past two months.

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After looking "fatigued and tired" according to Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone during the Nuggets' 107-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Harris recovered to tie his career-high in points Wednesday night in Denver's 134-111 win over the Phoenix Suns.

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The Suns are a top-10 team in transition scoring and points in the paint and corral the fifth-most offensive rebounds in the league per game. But what concerns Malone most about Wednesday's matchup are the Suns' two 20-plus per game scorers.

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After reportedly acquiring Paul MIllsap, Denver still needs to make a few moves to consolidate their roster.

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