Game stream: San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets

Game stream: San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets

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Game stream: San Antonio Spurs vs. Denver Nuggets

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The San Antonio Spurs (1-1) play against the Denver Nuggets (0-0) at Ball Arena

Game Time: 9:00 PM EDT on Friday October 22, 2021

San Antonio Spurs 96, Denver Nuggets 102 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Sean Highkin @highkin
Finally saw the Jokic pass and it wasn’t overhyped at all. My goodness. – 2:41 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
NEW episode of Pickaxe and Roll, presented by @DKSportsbook:
On the Denver Nuggets win over the San Antonio Spurs:
-Nikola Jokić remains the greatest
-Starters around him were so-so
-Bench play showed improvement but still has major questions denverstiffs.com/2021/10/22/227…2:02 AM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
I’m catching up on Nuggets-Spurs right now and uhh….
I don’t know how the hell Nikola Jokic did this? I think this is one of the craziest passes I’ll see all year? Legit think MPJ shot it just because he was like “uhh, I guess I have to so Nikola gets the assist for that shit” pic.twitter.com/oi7sloTdQ31:59 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Rudy Gobert, Nikola Jokic, and more in full European recap
(📽️) HL
Results and standings #NBA
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/12…1:57 AM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Asked JaMychal Green what he’s thinking when Jokić is going coast-to-coast.
The laugh is delightful.
“It’s just his pace, he really messes you up.” pic.twitter.com/f1ShflA5BS1:28 AM

Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Keldon Johnson, on what led to the Spurs’ 20 turnovers:
“Just bad decision-making. We just made some stupid decisions. It happens in basketball. We’re a young
team. We’ll just go into tomorrow’s game and make some corrections and get better.” – 1:26 AM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Pop also repeated a line he’s used before, calling Nikola Jokic “a 7-foot Larry Bird.”
I guess that would literally make Jokic a Big Bird. – 1:18 AM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Pop pushed his regulars to the limit tonight, knowing the Spurs fly home to face the NBA champs tomorrow.
“We know we have a tough game tomorrow,” Popovich said. “I just thought it was more important for the learning curve to let them be in a game that was close.” – 1:11 AM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic on JaMychal Green: “J-Myke is a great guy. J-Myke is really real teammate. Sometimes I’m kind of scared him because when I don’t shoot he’s going to scream at me. I don’t like that part. Most of the time he’s a good guy.” – 12:57 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
#LineOfTheNight: Nikola Jokic 32 pts, 16 rebs, 7 asts, 3 stls, 14-19 FG, 2-2 3FG, W – 12:56 AM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic on Facu: “He’s such a great passer. I told him, ‘Don’t lose the dribble so early.’ If you have the ball in the paint you are king. I think that’s the best position especially if you’re a good passer because you can do whatever…he can go to the paint really easy.” – 12:54 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
Asked Jokic why he thinks his pace is such an advantage. “I really think because I’m slow. That’s the pace that fits me, & I’m confident in that pace. … You can see how the league is going, everybody is so athletic, so fast… maybe they’re not just comfortable (with me).” – 12:47 AM
Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic on JaMychal Green: “… J-Myke is a really real teammate. Sometimes I’m kind of scared him because when I don’t shoot he’s going to scream at me. I don’t like that part. Most of the time he’s a good guy.” – 12:41 AM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nikola Jokic said that JaMychal Green scares him sometimes because he yells at him to shoot more often. – 12:37 AM
Katy Winge @katywinge
JaMychal Green said Jokić coast to coast is tough to guard because of the pace he plays at.
Jokić responded to JaMychal Green’s comment.
“Because I’m extremely fast thank you J-Mych” – 12:35 AM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
Jazz beat the Kings 110-101. Anagram score?
Mitchell scored 27 points, but needed 25 shots to get it.
Gobert had 17 points, 20 rebounds.
Conley 17 points as well.
Kings super physical — that’s new and impressive! — but Jazz get the win to go to 2-0. 3 day break, then v. DEN. – 12:31 AM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Utah defeats Sacramento 110-101 and the Jazz move to 2-0 on the season. 27 for Mitchell, but Rudy Gobert is the story here. Goes for 17 and 20, and completely dominates the last five minutes on both ends. The Jazz move to 2-0…on to Denver on Tuesday night – 12:30 AM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Pop on Jokic.
“He’s a really spectacular, interesting, different player. He’s like a 7-foot Larry Bird type guy. The way he can pass. The way he reads things. He’s incredible.” pic.twitter.com/K78PdpiTnC12:18 AM

Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Keldon said he noticed after halftime the Nuggets switched Will Barton on to him defensively. – 12:09 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Bad decision making,” said Keldon Johnson of the Spurs’ 20 turnovers tonight. “It happens in basketball with young teams.”
He said they’ll look at film and try to improve tomorrow vs Milwaukee – 12:08 AM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Dejounte Murray said despite the Spurs’ turnovers, San Antonio had a chance to win tonight: “I still feel like we could have won that game. They just capitalized when it came down to crunch time. They made tough shots (down the stretch).” – 11:59 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
JaMychal Green on this Nikola Jokic pass: “You could hear the wind coming off of it.” pic.twitter.com/GR4SQKBWsl11:58 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs and their opponents shot breakdown through 2 games:
Paint: SA 51% of attempts | Opp 52%
3PT: SA 30% of att | Opp 35% of att
Mid-range: SA 19% of att | Opp 14% – 11:58 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
This Suns-Lakers game makes Denver’s win look more impressive. – 11:55 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
52% of the Nuggets turnovers were from Spurs steals.
Keldon 3 steals
White 2 steals
Murray 2 steals
Vassell 2 steals
Lonnie 1 steal
Poeltl 1 steal – 11:54 PM
Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey
#Nuggets JaMychal Green on Nikola Jokic (32 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals, 1 block):
“He’s going to be MVP again.” – 11:54 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Through 8 quarters, the Spurs have yet to surrender a 30 point quarter to the opponent. – 11:51 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
JaMychal Green on Nikola Jokic: “He’s gonna win MVP again.” – 11:50 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
JaMychal Green on Nikola: “He’s gonna win MVP again.” – 11:50 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
JaMychal Green on Nikola Jokić:
“He’s going to be MVP again. We have to feed him the ball.” – 11:49 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
JaMychal Green on Nikola Jokić: “He’s gonna be MVP again.” – 11:49 PM
Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey
Give credit to the bench, #Nuggets reserves outscored Spurs reserves 30-18. JaMychal Green both in the post and on the perimeter was really good. And I’ve loved Facu on both ends of the court in the first two games. A floor leader on offense, and a total pest on defense. – 11:42 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
There is a lot to clean up for the Nuggets — turnover issues, defensive lapses, three point shooting to name some problems — but as Michael Malone said postgame, it’s much better teaching from a win as opposed to a loss. – 11:36 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“We continued to compete,” said Coach Pop of being glad San Antonio fought back despite 20 turnovers and poor 3PT shooting night. – 11:32 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Nuggets give up 96 points, 95 Defensive Rating, and Michael Malone just said he wants the defense to continue to improve.
I mean, it was preeetty good. – 11:31 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
The MVP tonight:
32 PTS
16 REB
7 AST
3 STL
2 BLK
2 3PT
14-19 FG
It’s his 8th 30/15/5 game, doubling the rest of Nuggets franchise history combined. pic.twitter.com/QsCMZvDfFm11:30 PM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Spurs played well, shots didn’t fall. Should feel pretty encouraged by that one. Also, a lot of teams run out of gas by the 4th Q when playing in Denver, especially at this point of the season when guys are still working up to real game shape. SA seemed to still have its legs. – 11:28 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Final rotations for tonight’s 112-106 Nuggets WIN over the Spurs:
-Jokić goes for a cool 32-16-7-3-2, a +14 in a 6-point win
-Porter has a bad game, hits a big three late
-Barton/Morris were v good
-Facu and Dozier were v good too pic.twitter.com/uNsocDU0n811:26 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
This was probably a C or C+ level game from Denver tonight. Jokic was great, but the Nuggets shot 30% from 3-point range and turned the ball over 21 times.
Still, they’re 2-0 and haven’t given up 100 points yet.
Živeli – 11:26 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
It’s still a small sample size, but two games in, the Spurs’ defense has looked good.
Blew out a team they were favored against (ORL).
Competed with Denver down to the wire in a game they were projected to lose by 7.
They played their best defense in the 4th, holding DEN to 23 – 11:25 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Monster game from Nikola Jokic on a night where he didn’t get much help from MPJ.
32 points (14-19 FG’s, 2-2 3FG’s), 16 rebounds, 7 assists 3 steals, 2 blocks
Nuggets next leading scorer was Monte Morris with 13. – 11:23 PM
Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey
Just a huge second half from Nikola Jokic, who scored 19 of his 32 points in the frame, as well as grabbed 11 of his 16 rebounds in the second half. The #Nuggets won’t write home about this win — but it was a win, and they’ll take it. – 11:23 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
If Spurs can keep playing w/that energy level, they gon be fine. Ain’t easy though. – 11:22 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Despite falling behind by 11, the Spurs fight back and fall to the Nuggets by 6.
SA now 1-1 this season.
Keldon 27 pts | Jokic 32 pts
White 16 pts | Morris 13 pts
Murray 15 pts | Barton 10 pts
Poeltl 15 pts | JaMychal 10 pts
DEN won 3PT line by 9 points – 11:22 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jokic should receive one full win share for tonight’s performance alone. – 11:22 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Nuggets take care of the Spurs on the back of Jokic, but if Michael Porter is going to take the next step this year you’d like him to do better in his matchup vs Doug McDermott. 7 points on 3/10 in 27 mins. – 11:21 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
have a feeling the spurs will lose a bunch of games like they lost this one – 11:21 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Despite 21 turnovers, the #Nuggets move to 2-0 with a 102-96 win.
Joker was ridiculous: 32 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists. – 11:21 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic put the Nuggets on his back in the 4th and led his team to a 102-96 win for their home opener against the Spurs.
In 33 minutes, Jokic finished with:
32 points
14-19 FG
16 rebounds
7 assists – 11:20 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs continue to battle, keep the game within 2 possessions with 1 min left.
Derrick White now with 16 points. He’s the only Spur who has made at least 2 threes in this game.
SA holding DEN to 21 in the 4th so far – 11:19 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Did I hear a back-to-back MVP for Nikola Jokic? – 11:19 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
It’s cool to hear Ball Arena appreciate how ridiculous Nikola Jokic is. Like, these turnaround floaters are drawing the same eruptions as a nasty crossover or a clutch 3-pointer. – 11:17 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Denver is putting the ball in Barton’s hands in crunch time a lot tonight and I like it. – 11:14 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
28 points for Nikola Jokic:
18 points in the paint
6 points from three
2 mid-range points
2 FT points
SA back down by 9 – 11:12 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic is three assists away from his first triple-double of the season. With 3:54 left, Jokic has 26-15-7. – 11:09 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Shooters shoot their way out of slumps. MPJ can’t call his own number as much as someone like Jamal Murray on those slump nights, so I love Jokic feeding him on the break for that 3. He needed it, and they have to build that trust even on the nights where MPJ starts slow. – 11:09 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Michael Porter Jr. might not have had the game that he wants. But he has remained engaged and in the moment.
Just hit a big 3-pointer in transition to put the Nuggets up 94-85 with 4:01 left in the game. – 11:08 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs go cold for a few possessions and that’s enough for Denver to go back up by 9.
4 min left
DEN now winning the 3PT line by 15 points – 11:07 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic takeover. – 11:06 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nikola Jokic might make those unorthodox shots better than anybody else in the history of basketball.
He has 26 points and 14 rebounds
There is no bad shot for him. – 11:05 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic is unbeatable on the baseline. All the spin moves, counter moves, fallaway jumpers, and endless bag of floaters is enough to drive any defender insane. – 11:04 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Denver’s bench almost gave away the lead at the end of their stint. They had a great night up until those last couple minutes, but they survived the push by San Antonio. Overall, they played well tonight. – 11:02 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
10-0 run for the Spurs has them down 83-82 with 8:00 remaining in the game.
Jokic and Bartin are getting set to check back in at the next whistle. – 11:01 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic and Porter will enter the game next stoppage. – 11:00 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Derrick is the 4th Spurs player in double figures with 11 points.
SAd won by just 3 now – 11:00 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
MPJ is coming in. Malone will stagger him with the second unit. – 10:59 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Spurs jigger their rotation so it’s their 5-man starting group at the start of the 4th vs Malone’s 5-man bench unit, and unsurprisingly they cut an 11-point lead to 5. – 10:57 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Looks like Malone was trying to buy more time for the starters on the bench but San Antonio forces their way back in the game and cut the deficit to five points with 9:10 remaining. – 10:57 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs begin the 4Q outscoring DEN 8-4.
SA gets back within 5 points after DEN led by 11 earlier
Murray 13 pts, Jakob 13 pts, Keldon 24 pts – 10:56 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Keldon Johnson just keeps making every contested shot. It’s really imoressive. – 10:56 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Poeltl is wreaking havoc down low against the Nuggets, who are not playing a traditional backup center. – 10:55 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Keldon Johnson is STILL hurting the Nuggets. They do not have an answer for him. – 10:55 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
3Q: Nuggets by 9
SA has had some decent defensive quarters, but it’s the offense. SA with just 20 pts in the 3Q.
DEN winning the 3PT line by 12 points
Keldon 20 pts | Jokic 22 pts
Murray 13 pts | Barton 12 pts, Morris 11 pts – 10:52 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Austin Rivers is down after taking the ball to the hoop. Looked like he got hit pretty good on his right side. Rivers always seems to leave himself vulnerable on those drives. – 10:46 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Jokic is life. – 10:45 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nikola Jokic is dealing right now.
Just had a perfect pass to Facu Campazzo who was streaking down the court with Murray on him. Facu’s finish makes it 76-66 Denver with 2:04 left in the 3rd. – 10:44 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic suddenly up to 20-13-5 on 8-13 shooting with 2 minutes left in the 3rd despite the slow start. – 10:44 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
DB DeJounte Murray was draped all over WR Campazzo on the slant. QB 1 found the window anyway. – 10:43 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs have trailed by double digits in 1/2 games this season. – 10:43 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
20 point night for Jokic.
12 paint points
6 points from three
2 points from the FT line
DEN back up by 8 – 10:43 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
This is a great example of Monte Morris and Will Barton elevating the Nuggets to a different place when they’re in the starting lineup. They’re really good! – 10:36 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
This is nowhere near MPJ’s finest game (2-of-8 for 4 points), but I’ve been impressed that he hasn’t dropped his energy/engagement/ body language. There were games last year where you could tell what type of night it was based off his body langauge. Not the case tonight. – 10:34 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Jokic coast to coast will never get old. – 10:31 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Offense clunky and stagnant? Give the ball to Jokic in the paint to get you right. – 10:29 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Spurs with 15 points off 13 turnovers from the Nuggets.
Denver with just 8 points off the Spurs’ 13 turnovers – 10:28 PM
Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Spurs causing havoc defensively leading to points. Gonna see a lot of these kinds of runs this season. – 10:27 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Just laziness by Denver’s starters in which they are underestimating an opponent in their home opener once again. – 10:27 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
After a somewhat rough first half, Dejounte Murray has picked things up to start the third.
Back-to-back steals + buckets (including a 3-pointer) have Spurs up 59-55. – 10:27 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Dejounte Murray with 11 points now:
6 mid-range points
3 points from outside in transition
2 points in the paint off a steal and layup
SA by 4, their largest lead of the game – 10:26 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Denver’s 13th turnover led to a layup which gave the Spurs their lead. Not ideal. – 10:25 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
After trailing by 8, the Spurs have regained the lead – 10:25 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Denver still has no answer for Keldon Johnson. – 10:24 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
The touch on that post entry dime by Jokic to Gordon was incredible. – 10:23 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
The Denver Nuggets take a 53-50 lead into the halftime intermission.
This half was a bit of a switch as it was the bench unit that has led the way and picked it up for the starters.
Jokic leads Denver with 13 points. If you’re coach Malone, what’s your message to the team? – 10:13 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Alright, halftime rotations for the Nuggets, in which they lead 53-50.
-Jokic with 13-5-3 and one insane pass
-Keldon Johnson is kicking Denver’s max forwards up and down the floor
-Full bench ended up about neutral. No Bones. pic.twitter.com/6WQtfBiP4910:12 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Nuggets take a 53-50 lead into the break, but Keldon Johnson (18 points) has been a 😤 problem.
Jokic with 13, Barton and J-Myke with eight each.
Spurs shooting 56% from the field, #Nuggets at 50%. – 10:09 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Half: Nuggets by 3
SA wins the 2Q 28-27
SA +6 from mid-range
DEN +12 from 3PT line
Keldon 18 pts | Jokic 13 pts
White 7 pts | JaMychal 8 pts, Barton 8 pts, Dozier 7 pts, Morris 7 pts
Keldon 12 of his 18 pts in paint – 10:09 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
The Spurs did well not to let things get away from them in the first half. Wasn’t their best-played two quarters, but they trail Nuggets 53-50.
Big reason is Keldon Johnson, who has 18 points at the break. – 10:09 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nuggets lead the Spurs 53-50 at halftime.
Jokic has 13p-5r-3a
Barton has 8p, 2r, 3a
Johnson has 18p, 2r, 1a
Denver’s bench has outscored the Spurs 19-15. Their play has allowed the Nuggets to carry a lead into halftime. – 10:08 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
MPJ needs a reset at halftime for sure. It’s like watching Jesus’s wine turn back into water when a guy with a shooting gift like that just can’t find the range. – 10:07 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
If only MPJ would’ve taken and made that shot. The pass highlight that almost was. – 10:03 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Keldon Johnson has been the best player on the court not named Nikola Jokic so far. He is everywhere for San Antonio. – 10:02 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
I am once again telling the Spurs player who keeps screaming “AND 1!!!!!” every time down court to maybe chill. – 10:01 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
I was seriously concerned for the first 12 rows of Ball Arena that were in the path of that Jokic slingshot pass. – 10:01 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Keldon Johnson has outplayed Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr. combined tonight. – 10:00 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nikola Jokic just had one of the most incredible sequences. A pass that NOBODY in the world was ready for, then a rebound and-1 finish through contact. – 10:00 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Keldon now with 10 of his 13 points in the paint.
Keldon has 10 of the Spurs’ 22 points in the paint.
SA down by 4 – 10:00 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Need to see the bench’s reaction on Joker’s slingshot. If MPJ doesn’t catch that, it’s taking out an assistant. – 9:59 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Derrick White is doing a great job of giving help in the paint and being disruptive. – 9:58 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
11 points for Keldon Johnson, with 8 of his points coming from the paint
DEN by 5 – 9:56 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Derrick White with a blocked shot and drawn charge on the same possession. – 9:54 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Facu with another momentum-swinging play with that charge drawn on Eubanks.
Eubanks has 3 fouls and Poeltl has 2 whichis a precarious spot for San Antonio. – 9:54 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic enters and goes straight to work with a hook shot over Eubanks. – 9:53 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs are facing their largest deficit of the season: -8 points – 9:53 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
When Jokic checked out, Denver led 22-16.
With Jokic checking back in, Denver leads 39-31.
Denver actually increased their lead without Jokic on the floor. That is bad news for the Spurs. – 9:52 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
The Nuggets’ all-bench second unit that got blitzed in the first half of Wednesday’s opener? It’s outscored the Spurs 14-13 over the last 6+ minutes. Michael Malone’s trust in that group’s paying off. – 9:50 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Nuggets bench is hustling, and keeping the advantage. Fewer airbags from Facu is about all I’m looking for to make it a good stint for the reserves. – 9:47 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Facu Campazzo is giving the Nuggets bench unit the edge they need. Really impressive stuff from him even with the miss jumpers. – 9:47 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
JaMychal Green with two offensive fouls in three minutes. Becoming a trend to start. Makes up for it with a corner three. – 9:44 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Going back to the preseason finale, Coach Pop continues with starting Bryn Forbes in the 2Q and keeping Bryn on the bench during the 1Q – 9:43 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
1Q: Nuggets by 4
SA held to 22 pts
SA with 6 turnovers after 8 total vs ORL
Keldon 7 pts | Jokic 7 pts
Murray 6 pts | Barton 5 pts
White 5 pts | Gordon 4 pts
Eubanks 4 pts – 9:42 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Alright, Nuggets full bench unit is a minus-2 at the moment. That’s fine. Staying relatively even is a win against a strong Spurs bench unit. – 9:41 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs trail Nuggets 26-22 after 1Q. Spurs’ biggest issues were turnovers (six) and two early fouls on Poeltl. – 9:40 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
When the firs subs came in for the Nuggets, Denver trailed 16-15.
At the end of the first quarter, Denver leads 26-22 over San Antonio.
That is a very very good sight for the Nuggets. – 9:40 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
My god JaMychal Green that man has a family. – 9:38 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
As expected, Malone is sticking with Austin Rivers over Bones.
When Malone went with Rivers in the first game, that seemed to signal that Malone would give this bench unit a chance to gel for a few games before shifting. – 9:38 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
The Nuggets had grabbed most of the momentum but the full bench unit is on the court now (Campazzo, Dozier, Rivers, Green, Green) which means this is where things get interesting. – 9:36 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Nuggets go full line shift. Facu, Austin, P.J., J-Myke and J-Green on to close the first. – 9:36 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
A filthy coast-to-coast take from Facu Campazzo gives the Nuggets a 22-16 lead. Denver gets momentum for the first time tonight. – 9:36 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Nuggets are starting to get good looks at the rim.
DEN goes up by 6, with 12 of their 22 points in the paint.
SA with just three players able to make shots: White, Keldon, Eubanks – 9:35 PM
Michael De Leon @mdeleon
Thaddeus Young showing off that Aldridge 3pt defense – 9:34 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Nuggets starting out with 6 assists on their 8 made field goals. – 9:34 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
WONDERFUL dish from Gordon to Jokic for the easy layup. That was full speed and perfectly placed. – 9:34 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Thad Young is at the table. He will make his Spurs regular-season debut at the next stoppage. – 9:32 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
5 points for Derrick White. He drills the three with his defender stepping away from him.
Keldon and Derrick have all 12 points for the Spurs.
SA continues the good defense, holding DEN to 11 pts so far – 9:30 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Point of emphasis tonight for the Nuggets & already in the first couple huddles it has been reiterated: gotta sit down and guard in the paint. The Spurs have some quick, attacking guards, must be able to contain 1 on 1 and keep in front. – 9:29 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Denver is flying around on defense early on which is helping them push the pace. Now if only they could start to convert some of these transition opportunities… – 9:28 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Mentioned on PnR that I wanted to see Denver’s forwards be physical against the smaller McDermott and Johnson, and that has borne out for better or for worse to start. Poeltl also in foul trouble early. Things are still good for Denver long term. – 9:27 PM
Michael De Leon @mdeleon
Aaron Gordon is going after the wrong one – 9:26 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Spurs had been contesting well at the rim to start the quarter.
Denver finally gets an easy paint point on the break by MPJ.
The Gordon spin shot was contested well, though he got it to fall.
DEN 9-7 – 9:26 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nuggets are invovlving Aaron Gordon a ton on offense to start tonight. It hasnt all been good, but the intent is obvious. – 9:25 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Aaron Gordon finishes one after going at Keldon Johnson in the post. Looked like he had words for Johnson after the basket, too. – 9:25 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Everyone’s favorite Jakob Poeltl picks up his second foul and heads to the bench. About the only thing that’s gone right for the #Nuggets nearly four minutes in. – 9:23 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
After Porter falls for a hestitation from Keldon Johnson for an and-one, Malone calls a timeout to get back on the same page. They trail 7-5 after 3+ minutes. – 9:19 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Keldon with all 7 points for the Spurs.
4 paint points, 2 mid-range points, 1 FT point
Spurs lead 7-5 going into first timeout – 9:18 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Will Barton III hits a corner 3 off a feed from Nikola Jokic on Denver’s first possession of the home opener vs. San Antonio. – 9:15 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nuggets with a genius move
They just let Bones Hyland address the crowd at Ball Arena. He did not give a speech, did not have any words to thank the crowd. They just let him get the area hype and he accomplished that. – 9:14 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Bones Hyland gets the pregame address here on opening night. pic.twitter.com/1HwWARiAyh9:14 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Bones Hyland, in his first game ever at Ball Arena, gets the pre-game microphone to hype up the crowd. It worked. Fans already love him. – 9:13 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Monte Morris narrates the #Nuggets opening montage.
“Count us out, count us in, we want it all.” pic.twitter.com/hyGkQttjpd9:09 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Jamal Murray pointing out Nikola Jokić suited up for the home opener is so good.
(For reference, Jokić in the past has pretty much strictly worn sweat suits to games) pic.twitter.com/o2xzO12PV08:42 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Nuggets starters: Monte Morris, Will Barton, Aaron Gordon, MPJ and Nikola Jokic. – 8:41 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets starters: Morris, Barton, Porter Jr, Gordon, Jokic – 8:37 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs: Murray, White, Johnson, McDermott, Poeltl
Nuggets: Morris, Barton, Porter, Gordon, Jokic – 8:36 PM
Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
Recovery seems to be going well for Jamal Murray. pic.twitter.com/zBPVZvqCD48:31 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
So um, um, Nikola Jokic has a haircut. . do with that info what you wish. – 8:15 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Greetings from Denver, where Jakob Poeltl still owns the offensive glass. pic.twitter.com/MM5RuVmZKX7:53 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
As badly outplayed as the Magic were against the Spurs in the regular-season opener, the Magic looked completely outclassed in the first quarter tonight against the Knicks. New York leads 36-16 at the start of the second quarter. – 7:40 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
I wrote a film study on what Michael Porter Jr. can do to take a leap forward and help fill in for Jamal Murray, who is rehabbing from ACL surgery, for @TheAllStarSport.
Give it a read:
theallstar.io/is-michael-por…7:39 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone with the defining quote of Denver’s home opener in how they must approach tonight’s home opener:
“If we are solely reliant on star power [to motivate us] then we will be in for a rude awakening.” – 7:20 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“Can we contain?” said Coach Malone of his team defense tonight vs the Spurs.
He says they’ll emphasize gang rebounding to keep Poeltl and Eubanks off the boards as much as possible.
“Contain and limit them to one shot,” said Malone of what he wants to see from DEN on def – 7:18 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“We have to make sure we get back,” says Coach Malone of trying to limit the Spurs in the fast break.
SA had 26 fast break points vs ORL – 7:16 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
“Everybody’s path is different, and I can’t look to the right or the left.”
Devin Vassell isn’t sweating Tyrese Haliburton or any other could-have-been Spurs’ draft pick in the class of 2020. If Vassell has his way, he won’t have to.
expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a… via @expressnews – 7:05 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Haircut Jokic 👀 – 7:03 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Blowout on opening night and no extension for Lonnie Walker IV youtu.be/wM3NrR5zlpI via @YouTube6:59 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Predicting that Bones Hyland will debut tonight in a 10-man rotation in front of the home crowd. – 6:15 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
🎙Brand new Spurscast episode with @CollinReidPS: projectspurs.com/2021/10/22/spu…
– The Spurs’ opening night blowout of the Magic. Offense, defense, rotations, player analysis
– Lonnie and San Antonio not agreeing to an extension
– Aminu waived, Young stays on roster – 6:10 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
Bucks’ injury report for tomorrow against the Spurs:
-DiVincenzo, Ojeleye and Portis are all still out with their longer term injuries.
-Brook Lopez is OUT with back soreness for a second straight game.
-Hood (right foot soreness) and Holiday (right heel contusion) are probable. – 6:06 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Finally got a chance to read @Jovan Buha‘s Nikola Jokic feature. Dude wrote the hell outta this. AK theathletic.com/2887826/2021/1…5:41 PM
Alvaro Martin @AlvaroNBAMartin
Más razones para suscribirte a NBA League Pass. Se unen @NatMelendez5, @LaloNajera21, @Memo_Schutz y @FerAlvarez a @QuiqueGaray y @Fabricio Oberto. @CoachCMorales y ese servidor abrimos con @San Antonio Spurs
@Milwaukee Bucks el sábado. 1,230 partidos en vivo y cuando quieras. ¡Te veo el sábado! pic.twitter.com/mfTHPeKHXR5:04 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
NBA vet Lance Stephenson will be a featured name in Saturday’s @nbagleague draft and there is a growing belief, sources say, that Stephenson is likely to land with the Denver @Nuggets’ affiliate in Grand Rapids.
More tomorrow via This Week In Basketball: marcstein.Substack.com3:28 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
So, @GbridgfordNFL is very good at what he does, and he’s very consistent. These plays from Wednesday night were a pretty good encapsulation of what defined Denver’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday.
Check it out!
denverstiffs.com/2021/10/22/227…3:23 PM

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