Nuggets vs. Lakers: Start time, where to watch, what's the latest

Nuggets vs. Lakers: Start time, where to watch, what's the latest

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Nuggets vs. Lakers: Start time, where to watch, what's the latest

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The Denver Nuggets (47-32) play against the Los Angeles Lakers (31-47) at STAPLES Center

The Denver Nuggets are spending $2,948,902 per win while the Los Angeles Lakers are spending $5,302,854 per win

Game Time: 3:30 PM EDT on Sunday April 3, 2022

Broadcast Info

National TV: ABC
Home TV: N/A
Away TV: NBC Sports Washingto
Home Radio: ESPN LA 710/KWKW (S)
Away Radio: KKSE 92.5FM

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What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
If the playoffs were seeded 1 thru 16:
1) PHX vs 16) CHO
8) PHI vs 9) DEN…LMAO
4) GSW vs 13) MIN
5) BOS vs 12) TOR
3) MIA vs 14) CLE
6) DAL vs 11) CHI
2) MEM vs 15) ATL
7) MIL vs 10) UTA – 4:25 AM
Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
Nikola Jokić shot 5/7 from the field while being guarded by Anthony Davis.
Anthony Davis shot 4/14 from the field while being guarded by Nikola Jokić.
(per NBA’s matchup data) – 2:50 AM
Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic with Hall of Fame harness racer Tim Tetrick in the Winner’s Circle at Meadowlands Racetrack back in December. Jokic repped @tetrickracing today before and after putting 38 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists on the Lakers. pic.twitter.com/8yBSrJxg4i1:42 AM

Duane Rankin
@DuaneRankin
#Suns can help eliminate #Lakers from playoff contention with historic 63rd win Tuesday azcentral.com/story/sports/n… via @azcentral1:31 AM
CBS NBA
@CBSSportsNBA
Lakers’ Anthony Davis wonders ‘what could have been’ as loss to Nuggets further damages L.A.’s playoff hopes
cbssports.com/nba/news/laker…1:10 AM
Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer
Don’t you think Phoenix will be highly motivated Tuesday against the Lakers? I’m sure the Suns heard recently that they wouldn’t have beaten the Lakers in the 2021 playoffs if the Lakers were at full strength – 12:41 AM
Jason Dumas
@JDumasReports
Steve Kerr said he is aware of the standings and what is at stake over the next 3 games
#3 Warriors – vs Lakers, @ Spurs, @ Pelicans
#4 Mavs – @ Pistons, vs Blazers, vs Spurs
#5 Nuggets – vs Spurs, vs Grizzlies, vs Lakers
#6 Jazz – vs Grizzlies, vs Thunder, vs Suns, @ Blazers pic.twitter.com/BzBucnDq2W12:08 AM

Will Guillory
@WillGuillory
Pels final 4 games:
at Sac, Por, at Mem, GSW
Spurs final 4 games:
at Den, at Min, GSW, at Dal
Pels currently hold a one-game lead for the 9th spot, but the Spurs hold the tiebreaker. – 12:06 AM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
Goodnight, Nuggets Nation. Today was fun‼️ pic.twitter.com/K4KfmXpqKs12:00 AM

Scott Kushner
@ScottDKushner
Pelicans were never really in it tonight. Clippers asserted themselves offensively from the opening tip and Pels couldn’t keep up.
Play-in spot is all but locked up, thanks to Lakers foibles, but the Spurs sit just 1.5 games back and own the tiebreaker entering the final week – 11:52 PM
Dave McMenamin
@mcten
New video for YouTube: The Lakers lost to Denver and their play-in hopes hang by a thread youtu.be/3x8CMsKNgQo11:51 PM
Will Guillory
@WillGuillory
Final: Clippers 119, Pels 100
McCollum 19 pts
Ingram 15 pts (3-11 FG)
Jones 13 pts
Pels come out with a lack of energy and physicality after Friday’s win over the Lakers. Clips respond by stomping them out. Pels will have to wait until Tuesday to clinch their spot in Play-In – 11:51 PM
Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer
Nothing etched in stone, but it’s increasingly looking like the 9-10 play-in matchup will be #Pelicans vs. Spurs. What’s much less clear after Sunday is which team will host it. Pels lead on Spurs is down to 1 game and Spurs hold tiebreaker. Tuesday is NOLA at Sac; SAS at Den – 11:48 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Updated with Kareem’s statement that his “deep respect and admiration” for LeBron “hasn’t changed and never will”: ocregister.com/2022/04/03/kar…11:42 PM
Melissa Rohlin
@melissarohlin
Exclusive: After Anthony Davis expressed frustration that this Lakers roster never got a chance to show what they can do because of injuries, I asked him if he thinks they could’ve won a championship if they had been healthy.
“Absolutely,” he told me.
foxsports.com/stories/nba/an…11:29 PM
Anthony Slater
@anthonyVslater
Warriors beat the Kings, reach 50 wins for the season. They’ve clinched a higher seed than the Jazz. One more win or Denver loss and they’ll be clear of the Nuggets. So it’s become clear that Warriors will be either the #3 or #4 seed, grappling with Dallas this final week. – 11:25 PM
Adam Lauridsen
@GSWFastBreak
Standings savants: is there a scenario where a Warriors win against the Lakers on Thursday eliminates LA from playoff contention? – 11:24 PM
Alykhan Bijani
@Rockets_Insider
Jalen Green had 31 points tonight, and Josh Christopher added a career-high 30
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the 3rd time teammates 20 or younger scored 30+ in the same game.  Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook did it twice for Oklahoma City on 2/1/09 and 2/21/09 – 11:18 PM
Christian Clark
@cclark_13
Assuming this holds, Pels will have to wait until Tuesday for another chance to lock down a play-in tourney spot. Can do it with a win against the Kings or a Lakers loss to the Suns. – 11:14 PM
Anthony Slater
@anthonyVslater
Nemanja Bjelica’s been quietly helpful lately and big tonight: 19 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks. Probably his best game since the season opener vs Lakers. – 11:03 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
There’s a gap between the effort the Lakers are giving and the results they want. And the playoffs are slipping away in between: ocregister.com/2022/04/03/lak…10:40 PM
Law Murray
@LawMurrayTheNU
Pelicans were also down 23 points in first half last Sunday vs Lakers.
But the Clippers aren’t the Lakers.
LA still has room to expand on offense after George didn’t make a single shot inside arc or overall in 2nd quarter, while Clippers attempted only 3 FTs. – 10:40 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
3 games to go and still no one knows how to stop him🃏 pic.twitter.com/LD2Tz3g63710:30 PM

Will Guillory
@WillGuillory
Still no Jose Alvarado for the Pels two minutes into the 2nd quarter.
He only played 8 minutes in Friday’s win over the Lakers. – 10:09 PM
John Hollinger
@johnhollinger
NBA set up schedule for Sunday to eliminate timing advantages and any potential shenanigans. Brooklyn, Atlanta and Charlotte will all play at 3:30 ET. Boston, Miami and Philly will all play at 7. Denver and Utah both play at 930, as do Golden State/ Dallas and Lakers/Pels/Spurs. – 10:04 PM
Scott Kushner
@ScottDKushner
Pelicans withstanding the Clippers scorching start from 3, trailing but not getting trucked.
Reminiscent of Friday, when they held ground when LeBron erupted in 3Q. – 10:03 PM
Austin Krell
@NBAKrell
There are legitimate arguments for Embiid, Jokic, and Giannis to be MVP. It isn’t that any one of them is undeserving. It’s that the others have made their impacts in different ways and are doing just as much. That’s why there are so many votes. Voters value different things. – 9:57 PM
Matthew Tynan
@Matthew_Tynan
Even if the Spurs lose all four of their remaining games, the Lakers would still have to go 3-1 down the stretch to jump them in the standings. I would not bet on that happening. – 9:53 PM
Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a follow-up statement on his LeBron James criticisms pic.twitter.com/lO34a2rkWL9:52 PM

Tom Orsborn
@tom_orsborn
Pop indicated Murray (non-COVID illness) will make the trip to Denver.
“I think he will be OK. He tried to warm up tonight, but he had zero energy still and he hasn’t been eating, so I thought it would be best to not run him down any lower and just try to get his strength back.” – 9:50 PM
Brandon Rahbar
@BrandonRahbar
Thunder triple double facts
Russell Westbrook: most triple doubles all time
Russell Westbrook: most triple doubles in a season
Josh Giddey: youngest player of all time to record a triple double
Poku: 12th youngest player of all time to record a triple double – 9:47 PM
Paul Garcia
@PaulGarciaNBA
With the Spurs win tonight, the Lakers HAVE to go 3-1 or 4-0 the rest of the way to have a chance of passing San Antonio.
If the Lakers lose 2 games, it’s over for them even if the Spurs go winless the rest of the way – 9:30 PM
Dane Moore
@DaneMooreNBA
Drained from a road trip to Boston, Toronto and Denver, the NBA schedule gods did the Wolves a solid with this Houston matchup tonight. This level of effort against any other team almost certainly would have been a loss. – 9:25 PM
Kurt Helin
@basketballtalk
Kareem says LeBron “deserves” to pass him for scoring title, should be “embarrassed” for COVID comments nba.nbcsports.com/2022/04/03/kar…9:25 PM
StatMuse
@statmuse
The Spurs are 2 games up from the Lakers.
And they hold the tiebreaker. pic.twitter.com/MUYK6j1Phh9:24 PM

Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
Will deserves big love for today’s clutch performance💪 pic.twitter.com/N5vp0Ee89w9:00 PM

Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
NEW episode of Pickaxe and Roll, presented by @DKSportsbook:
Thoughts on the Nuggets 129-118 win over the Lakers
-Sluggish start to a masterpiece of a Jokić performance
-AG dominated 1st half
-Barton dominated 2nd half
-Bench held up their end of the deal denverstiffs.com/2022/4/3/23009…8:45 PM
StatMuse
@statmuse
Joel Embiid today:
44 PTS
17 REB
5 BLK
He joins Shaq, AD, Dwight and Ewing as the only players with multiple 40p/15r/5b games since 1990. pic.twitter.com/D6MfORKcOc8:39 PM

James Edwards III
@JLEdwardsIII
Toronto has done well without top-5 picks. Denver. Phoenix is there. Name me the last team with two homegrown top-3 picks to win a title? Getting Cade so early changed everything. – 8:28 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
🌟The postgame vibe🌟 pic.twitter.com/GTYCxDmr9s8:05 PM

StatMuse
@statmuse
Nikola Jokic is having a unicorn season.
First player in top 10 PPG, RPG, APG, FG% in last 50 seasons.
Highest single-season PER ever.
First 25/13/6 season ever (he’s averaging 27/14/8). pic.twitter.com/wTZbVTlOEj8:04 PM

Kurt Helin
@basketballtalk
Jokic continues to make MVP case, scores 38 on LeBron-less Lakers in Nuggets win nba.nbcsports.com/2022/04/03/jok…7:53 PM
Michael Scotto
@MikeAScotto
Anthony Davis: “What could we have been if I was healthy all year, LeBron, Kendrick Nunn? You think about those things. When we put this team together, we looked really good on paper, but we haven’t had a chance to reach that potential with guys being in and out of the lineup.” pic.twitter.com/4yuS4I7AJW7:42 PM

Rod Beard
@detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Dwane Casey said he paired Saddiq Bey with Wayne Ellington last season to help him adjust to NBA speed: “That’s one thing that helped jump-start his game from college to the NBA.” – 7:38 PM
Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
Carmelo Anthony on if Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James should talk things over amid their disagreements over COVID-19 messaging: “That’s a conversation that two Black men need to have.” – 7:38 PM
Malik Monk
@AhmadMonk
Rip mane! 😞🕊 – 7:33 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Carmelo Anthony said it’s hard to put into words what kind of an honor it was to receive the first Kareem Abdul-Jabbar “Social Justice Champion” award for 2021, and to be able to have @Kareem Abdul-Jabbar physically here to hand him the trophy. Incredibly meaningful moment for him. – 7:33 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
🎥 Inside the locker room 🎥
We love this squad‼️ pic.twitter.com/8BAjVt9Qak7:30 PM

Michael Lee
@MrMichaelLee
Being critical of someone doesn’t make you a hater. Sometimes you’re conveying a message from a place of love that needs to be heard. A lot of the framing of Kareem’s critiques of LeBron makes it seem like he’s against him. He’s just asking LJ to do better because he knows he can – 7:23 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Asked about what he thinks about the play-in games, Anthony Davis notes that last year the Lakers were in the play-in, this year they’re still trying to get in: “Can’t say I hate it. Gives us a chance to get in the playoffs.” – 7:23 PM
Ryan Ward
@RyanWardLA
Anthony Davis on the Play-In Tournament: “I can’t say I hate it [laughs].” Says it gives them a chance to get into the playoffs. But said jokingly if they don’t get in: “I hate it.” – 7:23 PM
Melissa Rohlin
@melissarohlin
Anthony Davis said the most frustrating part of this season is not knowing how good this team could’ve been. He pointed to the fact that he, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook have only played 21 games together. – 7:22 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
Will Barton: “I was real close (to not playing). But we still got some ground to make up.” – 7:18 PM
Malika Andrews
@malika_andrews
Anthony Davis, in part: “That’s the most frustrating part of this season… not being sure of what we could’ve been.” – 7:18 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Davis on his biggest question:
“Had we stayed healthy all year … what could we have been?”
He mentioned specifically the injuries to him (39 games played), LeBron (56) and Kendrick Nunn (0). – 7:17 PM
Ryan Ward
@RyanWardLA
Anthony Davis: “The most frustrating part of this season has been what we could’ve been.” – 7:17 PM
Dave McMenamin
@mcten
Anthony Davis: “It’s another must-win … must-must win … in Phoenix.” He said he did not know if LeBron James’ ankle injury will allow him to play against PHX. He said the LAL medical staff told him his mid-foot sprain won’t get worse by him playing on it, so he intends to play – 7:17 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Anthony Davis calls the game in Phoenix “must, must, must-win” and says the Suns have been playing well but can be beat.
The Suns lost twice in all of March. – 7:16 PM
Ryan Ward
@RyanWardLA
Anthony Davis on if LeBron will play on Tuesday vs. Suns: “I have no idea. I hope so.” – 7:15 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Anthony Davis (28P, 9R, 8A, 3B, 2S) said his foot was “bothering me through the course of the game,” but he thinks it’s important for him to push through to keep hope alive. He said the medical staff advised him it’s not something he can make worse. Expected soreness. – 7:15 PM
Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
Folks, let’s do the final Stiffs Mailbag of the regular season. Ask me your Nuggets questions! ⬇️⬇️⬇️ – 7:14 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Anthony Davis says the medical staff has advised him that he can’t make his right foot “worse,” it’s just a matter of managing his soreness, which is why he’s worked to fight through his injury at this juncture. – 7:13 PM
Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
Anthony Davis on his soreness: “It was bothering me from the course of the game from start to finish. But there’s times you have to be able to fight through it.” – 7:11 PM
Ryan Ward
@RyanWardLA
Anthony Davis on playing through soreness: “It was bothering me through the course of the game from start to finish.” – 7:11 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
Air Gordon balled out today in LA✈️
24 Points
8 Boards
64% FG% pic.twitter.com/xmGYqjTqpJ7:10 PM

Ralph Lawler
@Ohmeomy
I would think today’s Laker loss to Denver virtually eliminates then from contention for even a spot in the Play-in tournament. Not mathematically, but realistically. Unimaginable at the start of this season. – 7:03 PM
Duane Rankin
@DuaneRankin
Not only are #Lakers 31-47 and losers of their last six, Spurs can build two-game lead on them with a win tonight vs. Blazers.
Spurs (32-45) have tiebreaker vs. Lakers as they battle for last play-in spot in West (10th seed)
Not playoffs. Play-in.
Next game? Tuesday at #Suns7:00 PM
Danny Leroux
@DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On: Point Guard Rankings 2021-22 w/ @Nate Duncan
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: duncdon.supportingcast.fm
Listen: omny.fm/shows/duncd-on…7:00 PM
Kellan Olson
@KellanOlson
So. If the Spurs beat the Blazers today and the Nuggets on Tuesday, the Suns could eliminate the Lakers from the play-in by beating them later that Tuesday night. – 6:53 PM
David Locke
@DLocke09
Huge wins for Denver and Dallas today.
My guess at this point how the standings in west finish
3. Dallas 52
4. Golden State 52 wins
5. Denver 51 wins
6. Jazz 49 wins
7. Wolves 48 wins
Dallas has tiebreaker with Golden State and Denver – 6:51 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
Malone said he thanked Will Barton for gutting it out tonight. Malone said he didn’t expect him to play due to knee soreness.
“Can you fight through it? Can you be present for your teammates? … He did that.” – 6:47 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
LOS ANGELES – Will Barton savored his dagger 3-pointers and the silence that befell the Lakers’ faithful.
The #Nuggets needed a win, and they got it.
denverpost.com/2022/04/03/den…6:42 PM
Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
6. Denver, 47-32
7. Minnesota, 44-34
The Nuggets play 3 more games this season.
The Wolves play 4 more, including a game that starts in 30 minutes or so.
Denver’s Magic Number to clinch a top 6 seed is 2. – 6:41 PM
Dave McMenamin
@mcten
Frank Vogel says he is proud of the Lakers for how they are approaching the final stretch, despite the W-L record. He says “it sucks” to go through all the losing, but he believes his group plays with a “pure spirit” and says “it could be worse” if their attitude was different – 6:35 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
We’d caption this “debate over”… but there is no debate.
MVP🃏 pic.twitter.com/yXZJ4O2Umv6:34 PM

Justin Kubatko
@jkubatko
Nikola Jokic today:
✅ 38 PTS
✅ 18 REB
✅ 6 AST
✅ 15-22 FG
Jokic has scored 232 points with a 70.6 FG% over his last seven games.
No player in NBA history has scored more points over a seven-game span in which they’ve shot at least 70% from the field. pic.twitter.com/uJA0W99qaB6:34 PM

Ryan Ward
@RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel on Russell Westbrook: “He’s doing everything he can. … I’m proud of Russ.” – 6:32 PM
Ryan Ward
@RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel praised Anthony Davis for “playing with a lot of heart” while clearly not being 100% healthy. – 6:32 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Vogel said Davis’ foot gets more sore the longer he plays, so the Lakers know there’s a delicate needle to thread there with how much they use him. Vogel said Davis has competed his heart out, and he’s proud of him. – 6:31 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Frank Vogel, on the approach for the next game, given the increasingly difficult odds that the Lakers make the play in:
“Don’t worry about the math … worry about the next game, try to get a win against Phoenix.” – 6:30 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Frank Vogel said the biggest issue down the stretch was the defense on Nikola Jokic and the match-up problems he created. – 6:30 PM
Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
Lakers coach Frank Vogel: “They competed their asses off. I’m proud of their fight.” – 6:29 PM
Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
Lakers coach Frank Vogel on implications with losing to the Nuggets: “Don’t worry about the math. Worry about the next game.” – 6:28 PM
Adam Mares
@Adam_Mares
There’s a Winner’s Lounge and then there’s a beat-the-Lakers Winner’s Lounge.
✅ Jokic takeover mode, engaged
✅ Barton saves the day
✅ Aaron Gordon 📈📈📈
youtube.com/watch?v=g5LKDy…6:26 PM
Malika Andrews
@malika_andrews
What is the ideal finish to the regular season for the Nuggets? “We win them all… we don’t want to go to the play-in tournament.”
Postgame with Nikola Jokic: pic.twitter.com/wX5t39JUDF6:22 PM

Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
Put some respect on his name‼️
Thrill tonight⬇️
25 Points
6 3PM
67% FG% pic.twitter.com/NxjjeOq5iN6:21 PM

TJ McBride
@TJMcBrideNBA
Malone said that Davon Reed was an unsung hero tonight. – 6:20 PM
Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
Michael Malone:
“I thought Will Barton tonight was fantastic. I thought he wasn’t going to play…thank goodness that he did.” – 6:18 PM
Gordon Gross
@GMoneyNuggs
Will Barton and Aaron Gordon both had great games. Denver has a guaranteed star performance every night. They don’t need – and can’t expect – their other available guys to do the same, but they have to get enough good performances from the rest & did tonight. – 6:17 PM
Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
Nuggets: 47-32
Bucks: 48-30
Sixers: 47-30 – 6:16 PM
TJ McBride
@TJMcBrideNBA
Will Barton III and Aaron Gordon stepped up to give Jokic the help he needed tonight in Los Angeles. Huge games from both of them tonight when Denver badly needed a win. – 6:15 PM
Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic’s last 5 games (Nuggets go 4-1):
– 38 points, 18 rebounds, 6 assists
– 38 points, 19 rebounds, 8 assists
– 37 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists
– 26 points, 19 rebounds, 11 assists
– 35 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists – 6:15 PM
TJ McBride
@TJMcBrideNBA
That was a big win for Denver.
They now have a 2.5 game lead on the 7th-seed Timberwolves and just passed Utah by a half-game for the 5th seed in the Western Conference.
Three games to go. – 6:13 PM
Adam Mares
@Adam_Mares
38-18-6-3-2 on 15/22 shooting.
Full takeover mode when it mattered most.
Stonewalled AD in the post like 8 times down the stretch.
And best of all…MVP chants at Staples/Crypto – 6:13 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers
@KamBrothers
Kid didn’t get to see LeBron play, but the day still worked out pretty well. AK pic.twitter.com/vpz4AQziCa6:13 PM

Duvalier Johnson
@DuvalierJohnson
Do you hear that!?
What’s that sound!?
That’s the sound of Nikola Jokic just winning back-to-back MVPS with a 38-point, 6 assist, 18 rebound performance on national tv as the matinee game. pic.twitter.com/5RHimIB2iF6:13 PM
Chris Dempsey
@chrisadempsey
So what are you doing in winning time?
To close this win in the 4th:
#Nuggets: 10/16 FGs, 11/14 FTs, 32 points, 3 steals, 3 blocks
Lakers: 8/23 FGs, 6/9 FTs, 24 points, 4 turnovers
Jokic had 10 of his 38 points in the 4th. Another masterful performance. – 6:13 PM
Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
Final rotations for the Nuggets as they beat the Lakers 129-118, effectively ending LA’s season:
-Joker: 38-18-6-3-2, 15/22 FG, had 7 Tovs but +7 in a win
-AG: 24 points, +10, was fantastic first half on O and second half on D
-Barton: 25 points on 12 shots. ELITE.
-Bones: +11 pic.twitter.com/JU8ggrfQeT6:12 PM

Gordon Gross
@GMoneyNuggs
Denver needed this game, and unlike their last needed game they came out in the second half and took it. Wore down the Lakers and took the game from them on LA’s home court. Definitely a good afternoon. – 6:12 PM
Vinny Benedetto
@VBenedetto
Final: Nuggets 129, Lakers 118. Jokic finishes with 38-18-6. Barton adds 25, Gordon scores 21. Good stuff from Cousins, Bones and Reed off the bench. AD and Russ score 28 and 27, respectively, for the Lakers. Nuggets move into fifth in the West for now. – 6:12 PM
Allen Sliwa
@AllenSliwa
Another loss for the LakeShow, Denver 129-118…This was supposed to be a crucial weekend to stay in the mix, instead it buries the Lakers…
Get ready for the offseason… – 6:12 PM
Andrew Lopez
@_Andrew_Lopez
With the Lakers loss, the Pelicans can clinch a spot in the play-in tournament tonight with a win against the Clippers. – 6:11 PM
Melissa Rohlin
@melissarohlin
Another loss for the Lakers. There are only four games left for them. – 6:10 PM
StatMuse
@statmuse
Nikola Jokic today:
38 PTS
18 REB
6 AST
3 STL
2 BLK
15-22 FG
He joins Giannis as the only players with a 35/15/5/2/2 game this season. pic.twitter.com/MPYKhxebqn6:10 PM

Paul Garcia
@PaulGarciaNBA
The Lakers will fall to Denver. That means the Spurs now need 3 wins IF the Lakers were to finish undefeated in their final 4 games.
That’s very difficult for the Lakers – 6:10 PM
Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic today against the Lakers: 38 points, 18 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks in just 33 minutes. Only 2 second-half turnovers. Nuggets on their way to avoiding the play-in. Jokic on his way to a second-straight MVP. – 6:10 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
Lots of smiles on the #Nuggets bench as Denver momentarily takes hold of the No. 5 seed and inches the Lakers closer to the offseason.
Denver 129, Los Angeles 118.
Joker with a cool 38/18/6. – 6:10 PM
Dave McMenamin
@mcten
The LeBron-less Lakers had too many costly mistakes – poorly-timed turnovers, ill-advised fouls, missed open 3s and blown layups – to beat a solid Denver team that got a great game out of their MVP, Nikola Jokic (38p 18r 6a). Lakers lose 129-118 to fall to 31-47. Four games left – 6:10 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
FINAL: Nuggets 129, Lakers 118.
The Lakers aren’t officially eliminated yet, but we’re getting pretty close. Davis with 28-9-8, Russ with 27-10-7. No matter. Nikola Jokic dominates with 38 points, 18 rebounds, 6 assists. – 6:10 PM
Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer
#Pelicans (34-43) can now clinch a West play-in tournament spot tonight with a win over Clippers, after Lakers (31-47) just lost at home to Nuggets. No. 10 Spurs (32-45) lead Lakers by 1.5 games, have the tiebreaker and will host Portland at 6 p.m. CT. SA magic number is 3 – 6:10 PM
Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
With the Lakers losing today vs the Nuggets, the Pelicans can clinch a spot in the play-in with if they beat the Clippers tonight. – 6:10 PM
Brad Turner
@BA_Turner
Despite 28 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists from Anthony Davis and 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists from Russell Westbrook, the Lakers dropped a 129-118 game to the Nuggets. – 6:09 PM
Jovan Buha
@jovanbuha
Final: Nuggets 129, Lakers 118
The Lakers fall to 31-47. They’re 1.5 games behind the Spurs for No. 10 — two games back in the loss column. AD had 28 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Russ had 27 pts, 10 rebs and 7 asts.
Up next: at Phoenix on Tuesday. – 6:09 PM
Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
If you’ve seen one Lakers game this season, you’ve basically seen them all, regardless of which stars & role players are on the court or on the bench. – 6:08 PM
Katy Winge
@katywinge
Every win is a huge win in these final few for Denver. Love to see the big games from AG and Barton. Jokić put on a show on national TV. It’s a good day. – 6:08 PM
Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
The Joker turnovers tonight were closer to Harden/Luka/Trae turnovers where he has a high number but the rest of the team has a simplified palette because of it. – 6:08 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Jokic’s up to 36 points on an efficient 15 of 22 FG’s (6 of 9 FT’s) despite LAL’s length on him (largely Howard or Davis).
He has DEN up 125-116 with 1:07 to play. – 6:06 PM
Sam Quinn
@SamQuinnCBS
Every Lakers game is uniquely miserable but they all end the same way. – 6:05 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Just no answer for Jokic. Think it’s a mistake to let Melo guard him in these late possessions, but maybe it doesn’t matter so much with Davis losing some steam here. – 6:04 PM
Dane Moore
@DaneMooreNBA
Patrick Beverley is OUT for tonight’s game in Houston.
Chris Finch said Beverley took some “lumps” in the Denver game on Friday. So sounds like this is more of a rest thing than a specific injury. – 6:03 PM
Mike Finger
@mikefinger
Three of the supposed 75 greatest NBA players of all time are on the floor for the Lakers and it’s like, “Well, they’re completely overmatched and are losing all hope of getting the 10th seed but look at how they’re not giving up!” – 6:03 PM
Adam Mares
@Adam_Mares
Jokic is a great post up defender and he has done a great job on AD down the stretch but the Nuggets haven’t been able to grab the rebound when he contests. – 6:02 PM
Nate Duncan
@NateDuncanNBA
Free pod: Point Guard Rankings 2021-22 w/ @Danny Leroux: https://t.co/7rnbLU77hI
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Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
Joker up to 33-15-6-3-2 – 5:58 PM
Micah Adams
@MicahAdams13
Average every MVP season in NBA history and you get 43.8 combined points, rebounds and assists per game.
There are SIX players doing it this season, tied for the most ever.
Giannis. Jokic. Embiid. LeBron. Durant. Doncic.
Just an absurd collection of top shelf talent. – 5:57 PM
Duvalier Johnson
@DuvalierJohnson
Will Barton was NOT good in Denver’s last game against the Timberwolves and everyone was LOUD about it.
Will Barton was REALLY good against the Lakers, be LOUD about it. – 5:56 PM
Gordon Gross
@GMoneyNuggs
Give Davon Reed that patented 3-year-minimum contract please, that Monte and Dozier both got. He’s a useful rotation guy and Denver needs what he has to give. – 5:54 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
THRILL. TRIPLE NUMBER SIX‼️ – 5:54 PM
Adam Mares
@Adam_Mares
Will Barton with some BIG threes. Love to see it. – 5:54 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Will Barton (35.8% 3’s on the season) is 6 of 7 from 3 today. – 5:53 PM
David Hardisty
@clutchfans
I love seeing DeMarcus Cousins getting real minutes on a playoff team. I’m always going to have a soft spot for that guy after his time with the #Rockets during a tough transition period. pic.twitter.com/5rXEISQ2aZ5:53 PM

Michael Singer
@msinger
If you squint hard enough, you can see Will Barton and his six 3-pointers standing over the Lakers’ season. – 5:53 PM
Christopher Hine
@ChristopherHine
Patrick Beverley is trending toward a game-time decision tonight after he “took a lot of lumps” Friday night in Denver, per Finch. Ankle soreness. – 5:52 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
A big 17-5 run here has put Denver in firm control with 4:20 to play, despite another bucket from Davis (26 points).
Nuggets lead 117-108. – 5:51 PM
Rob Perez
@WorldWideWob
Kent Bazemore is ready if needed. – 5:51 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Lakers are suddenly coughing up the ball every which way, Nuggets have taken a double-digit lead with 4:46 left. – 5:50 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
Jok ➡️ Thrill = 3️⃣ pic.twitter.com/NFQ6NRTSKT5:50 PM

Christopher Hine
@ChristopherHine
There is no absolutely BAD result out of this Lakers-Nuggets game for the Wolves. I don’t think anybody on the Wolves is going to be upset about not having to face LeBron and Davis in a potential second game of the play-in. – 5:50 PM
Eddie Sefko
@ESefko
A look at how Dwight Powell feeds off of Luka, his quest for perhaps playing 82 games and Luka’s reaction to a hair-grazing foul he was on the receiving end of. All here in today’s Mavericks’ briefs.
mavs.com/mav-buck-notes/5:49 PM
Duvalier Johnson
@DuvalierJohnson
Doris Burke is pushing HARD for the Nikola Jokic MVP case and it just dawned on me —
All of my homies love Doris Burke. – 5:48 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers
@KamBrothers
Boogie Cousins is doing the basketball equivalent of using Wenyen Gabriel as a bar for bench press reps. AK – 5:47 PM
John Hollinger
@johnhollinger
The irony of Lakers season being ended by the only old/injured former All-Star big they failed to sign. – 5:47 PM
Christopher Hine
@ChristopherHine
The Lakers-Nuggets game was on a TV above Finch as he was giving his pregame media session. His regular line about watching those games are he doesn’t want his night to be ruined. Today?
“Three missed layups already did that.” – 5:42 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
These are giant Boogie minutes. – 5:42 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Davis returns at the 8-minute mark of the 4th, with LAL trailing by 1. He’s played 27 minutes:
24 points, 8 boards, 7 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals – 5:42 PM
Chris Mannix
@SIChrisMannix
NEW: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in L.A. to honor Carmelo Anthony, continues pointed criticism of LeBron James. si.com/nba/2022/04/03…5:41 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Something’s up with Melo after hitting the go-ahead shot. Can’t tell if it’s a cramp or something else. Subs out. – 5:36 PM
Austin Krell
@NBAKrell
I love Doris Burke, but this “people don’t know who Jokic is” plea is so disingenuous.
The guy is the reigning MVP and you can’t go 10 tweets deep into NBA Twitter w/o being inundated w/ advanced stats about how his defense is actually great.
People know who he is. – 5:36 PM
Bill Oram
@billoram
Before today’s game, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar doubled down on his criticism of some of LeBron James comments, saying he should be “embarrassed” and that “he’s standing on both sides of the fence” on social issues. theathletic.com/news/kareem-ab…5:35 PM
Jovan Buha
@jovanbuha
Third quarter: Nuggets 95, Lakers 94
Anthony Davis has 24 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks while hobbled. Russell Westbrook has 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The Lakers have done a great job of pressuring the rim with 60 points in the paint already. – 5:33 PM
Los Angeles Lakers
@Lakers
A good one coming down to the wire. pic.twitter.com/JitiMVw7sS5:32 PM

Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
After Q3: Nuggets 95, Lakers 94.
The teams battled to a 33-all draw in that quarter. It’s been a pretty fun game! – 5:32 PM
Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
Nuggets have let Russ go 10/12 from the field this perimeter defense should go to prison for life. – 5:32 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Russ says NO BONES, or something, gotta work on that – 5:30 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Last game, it was McCollum and Ingram hitting a number of contested 2’s in the 2nd half especially.
In the last few minutes of today’s game, Denver has hit three straight contested 3’s to flip an LAL lead into a 96-91 deficit. – 5:29 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers
@KamBrothers
A great failing of this roster is the total absence of anyone in the Will Barton level of NBA players. BK – 5:28 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
Joker take over🃏😤 – 5:28 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
Not often Joker shows emotion. He buried that 3-pointer then ran back towards Denver’s bench screaming.
Cool 29 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 6 TOs with 1:15 left in the third. – 5:27 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Turns out defending MVP Nikola Jokic is good. He’s up to 29 points on 12 for 19 shooting with 1:15 left in the third quarter. Davis looked frustrated after Jokic made the last jumper over him. He’s also got 15 rebounds. – 5:27 PM
Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Will Barton’s coming up huge today. Massive buckets when Denver has needed them. – 5:27 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
AD up to 22 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists. Been a hell of a game for him playing through some evident pain in his foot. – 5:23 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
Hot potato leads to a bucket🥔 pic.twitter.com/3ptM3q784a5:19 PM

Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Denver’s defense continues to be a joke, but that might be good enough today vs. the Lakers. – 5:17 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Aaron Gordon is shooting 32.8% from 3 this season (32.2% career), but is 3 for 4 tonight, including a make during a 7-0 Nuggets run that tied the game at 78. – 5:15 PM
Los Angeles Lakers
@Lakers
Thank you to our good friend, @Metta World Peace, for speaking during our Mental Health Awareness Day 🌎✌️ pic.twitter.com/cls4msLRla5:12 PM

Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
For reference, Anthony Davis has never had more than 7 assists in a game as a Laker. – 5:11 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Anthony Davis has four assists in the first 3+ minutes of the 3rd Q (7 total), first outside for 3’s from Bradley and Monk, and then inside for consecutive buckets at the rim from Howard.
LAL lead 74-69 due to a 13-7 run. Only other hoop was a Westbrook rim run. – 5:11 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
Michael Malone pointing to a wide-open Avery Bradley is a good encapsulation of the #Nuggets defense so far. Lakers shooting 59% so far. – 5:09 PM
Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
Anthony Davis has been fighting through the limps. Might be enough at least to keep the Lakers’ hopes alive today. – 5:09 PM
Los Angeles Lakers
@Lakers
Brodie hits the jets and prints the poster 💥💥 pic.twitter.com/UZamU9n37i5:08 PM

Michael Singer
@msinger
The #Nuggets caught good Russ today. – 5:06 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
Offense is clicking so far📊 pic.twitter.com/q0aOW8aPF55:03 PM

Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
One of the weird subplots of the season remains how Russell Westbrook kind of just stopped dunking for two to three months despite the Lakers going small for much of that time. He’s clearly still very capable. pic.twitter.com/yUbmMa4H0m5:01 PM

Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
AG leads all scorers with 18 at the half✈️ pic.twitter.com/PihXFLubWV5:00 PM

Danny Leroux
@DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On: Point Guard Rankings 2021-22 w/
@Nate Duncan
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: duncdon.supportingcast.fm
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Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
Metta Sandiford-Artest speaks to Lakers fans at halftime on behalf of UCLA Health and Mental Health Awareness Day pic.twitter.com/woEkW4r7m44:56 PM

Duvalier Johnson
@DuvalierJohnson
Miserable half of basketball and Nuggets still go into the break with a 62-61 lead over the Lakers.
Gordon is up to 18 points and Jokic has 14 pts and 11 rebs
If you’re Coach Malone, whats your message to the team? – 4:53 PM
Gordon Gross
@GMoneyNuggs
Denver has given up 61, 56 and 70 in their last 3 halves of basketball. Not a great habit. Gonna have to snap their other habit of forgetting their offense in the locker room to start the 3rd quarter if they want to win this one. – 4:52 PM
Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic with a 14-point, 11-rebound 1st half, but also three fouls and five turnovers. Definitely hasn’t controlled the game like he usually does. Huge 18-point half for Aaron Gordon who stays red-hot with his jumper. – 4:51 PM
Mark Followill
@MFollowill
An update for the final week of the season on tiebreakers related to the Mavs & other teams around them in the West.
DAL vs GS (DAL)
DAL vs DEN (DAL)
DAL vs UT (UT if they win the NW Division. DAL if UT is not division winner. However latter scenario is extremely unlikely) – 4:50 PM
Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they lead the Lakers 62-61:
-Joker with 5 turnovers in 1Q, much better in 2Q but bad on defense outside of rebounding
-AG was awesome. Flat out great
-Barton with 6 points in final 8 seconds of half. Maybe he gets going?
-Bad basketball pic.twitter.com/yMnLgJiLjj4:50 PM

Brad Turner
@BA_Turner
Lakers down 62-61 at half to Nuggets. AD leads Lakers with 17 points, 5 rebounds. Russell Westbrook has 14 points, 5 assists. – 4:49 PM
Adam Mares
@Adam_Mares
Nuggets-Lakers is like the opposite of Bucks-Suns – 4:49 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Because Malik Monk fouled on the last shot, the Nuggets get to go up 62-61 at halftime. Exceptional start by Anthony Davis (17 points) and Russell Westbrook (14 points), but not quite enough. – 4:49 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
LAL led 59-54 with 55 seconds left in 2nd Q, before allowing an 8-2 Denver run to close the half, capped by 3 FT’s with 0.8 seconds left when Malik Monk fouled a 3-point shooter. – 4:49 PM
Jovan Buha
@jovanbuha
Halftime: Nuggets 62, Lakers 61
Denver scored 38 points in the second quarter to take a lead into the second half. Russell Westbrook has 14 points and 5 assists. Anthony Davis has 17 points, 2 steals and 3 blocks. He’s clearly been laboring up and down the floor. – 4:49 PM
Bill Oram
@billoram
That Malik Monk foul is one of the worst you’ll ever see. Lakers would have gone into halftime up two, instead they’re down one. – 4:48 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Russ dunks on Boogie, bringing down the house. – 4:46 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers
@KamBrothers
Here’s the irony: The way AD is clearly battling discomfort, I’m not even sure he’ll be able to get through the playoffs, were he able to help will the Lakers into them. AK – 4:45 PM
Malika Andrews
@malika_andrews
38 years ago this Tuesday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar set the NBA scoring record. “It’s about time (the record was broken),” Abdul-Jabbar tells ESPN. “I’m not going to be jealous of LeBron. He’s earned it… it’s a pretty neat thing.” pic.twitter.com/GSeQ5lP52a4:45 PM

Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Russ gets Jokic on his heels and scores a layup over him, does some talking to the crowd. He’s 6 for 8 with 12 points and 4 assists, showing a lot of burst. – 4:43 PM
Dave McMenamin
@mcten
New story: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on LeBron James – “Some of the things he’s done and said are really beneath him, as far as I can see … Some of the things he’s done, he should be embarrassed about” es.pn/3u4x3s14:43 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Davis, almost casually, used a behind-the-back dribble to slide past Nuggets guard Monte Morris on the perimeter, then finished a runner off glass, plus the foul on a helping JaMychal Green. So smooth. – 4:33 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
Toss it up and AG will go get it👀 pic.twitter.com/8cAJrqFzKu4:33 PM

Janis Carr
@janiscarr
Lakers are playing defense(?) – 4:31 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Another impressive block from Davis got LAL out in transition, paid off by a Talen Horton-Tucker and-1 layup that put the Lakers up 43-37. – 4:31 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
After the debacle from last game, those were huge Boogie minutes. Eight points in eight minutes to spell Joker. – 4:31 PM
J. Kyle Mann
@jkylemann
since wenyen blocked him on a reverse boogie has been on a mission to bully – 4:29 PM
Los Angeles Lakers
@Lakers
Dream of Californication 🌶 pic.twitter.com/XoAlY7zOJe4:27 PM

Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
AD’s about to return to the game out of a time out, with LAL up 40-37 after a transition layup from @Carmelo Anthony. ‘Melo has 6 points on 3 of 5 FG’s. – 4:26 PM
Jovan Buha
@jovanbuha
Anthony Davis is set to check back in. – 4:26 PM
Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Michael Malone pretty much called the Nuggets’ zone defense trash a few games ago, but Denver has gone to it in the first half today vs. the Lakers and found some success. Not the worst idea with how bad the Lakers shoot it from 3. – 4:23 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
Boogie gettin’ buckets😤 pic.twitter.com/jXBXnV77vj4:22 PM

Michael Singer
@msinger
AG, staggered with the bench unit, carrying the #Nuggets right now. Already with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
That oop from Davon got the whole Denver bench up. – 4:21 PM
Vinny Benedetto
@VBenedetto
“Desperate times call for desperate measures,” Michael Malone says on the use of zone during his interview with the ESPN broadcast. Nuggets had Jokic and JaMychal Green pick up two fouls on a day Denver’s without Jeff Green. – 4:20 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
For the second consecutive game, Davon Reed appears to be ahead of Bryn Forbes in the rotation. Forbes caught a DNP-CD last game vs. Minnesota. – 4:16 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
LAL exit the 1st Q up 28-24, with Davis (12 points) leading the way early to push as much as an 8-point lead.
Denver turned it over 7 times to LAL’s 4, but hung around thanks to 50% shooting, and 6 FT’s to LAL’s 3.
LAL was 1 for 6 from 3, and DEN 0 for 6. – 4:15 PM
Jovan Buha
@jovanbuha
First quarter: Lakers 28, Nuggets 24
Anthony Davis was awesome in the first quarter with 12 points, 2 steals and 1 block. The starting group won its minutes, which is notable. The Lakers’ defense helped force seven Denver turnovers. LA has 10 assists to just 4 turnovers. – 4:15 PM
Janis Carr
@janiscarr
Difficult to see AD sitting on the bench (again). – 4:14 PM
Los Angeles Lakers
@Lakers
AD with the early work.
@Anthony Davis: 12 pts, 2 stl pic.twitter.com/7dkt766QM84:14 PM

Brad Townsend
@townbrad
More and more I’m wondering if Anthony Davis is going to be this generation’s Bill Walton. One championship. Some jaw-dropping stretches. Constantly hampered by lower-leg injuries. – 4:14 PM
Michael Dugat
@mdug
I don’t like the Lakers but still sucks that Davis can’t stay on the court. League is more fun when the stars are all playing. – 4:14 PM
Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
Nuggets stagger Aaron Gordon with the second unit. They’re cutting down the rotation to 9 today. – 4:11 PM
Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Nuggets have lost their composure way too often over the last couple of weeks. Unnecessary technicals (Jokic, Cousins, Green), too much fouling and bitching at the officials, bad turnovers, lack of focus defensively. – 4:10 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Anthony Davis has played in only 39 games this season, but he did outplay Joel Embiid in late January, going for 31 points, 12 boards and 4 blocks with 2 steals.
Today against Jokic, AD’s off to a good start, with 12 points on 5 of 9 FG’s, w/2 boards and a block in 8 minutes. – 4:09 PM
Mark Followill
@MFollowill
Big days in Milwaukee for Luka, who had 32 points and 15 assists. The 5th time this year Luka has had 15 assists. And for Dwight Powell, 22 pts and 13 rebs. With an 8/10 FG game, Powell is shooting 66% from the floor this season. – 4:08 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Key to the non-AD shifts is gonna be shot-making. Augustin and Anthony just hit some big jumpers to pull the Lakers ahead 26-18 with 1:23 in the first quarter. – 4:07 PM
Chuck Cooperstein
@coopmavs
There is a segment of the Mavs fandom that uses Dwight Powell as their favorite whipping boy. He’s not perfect, but his post ASB improvement has been a huge reason of why the Mavs are about to win 50 games. Absolutely fantastic today – 4:06 PM
Kristian Winfield
@Krisplashed
AD been running the point 😂😂😂😂😂😂 playing 4-on-5 barely looking in Russ direction – 4:05 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
In the 2020 Western Finals, LAL did as good a job on Nikola Jokic as anybody has, using Howard and Davis, with help from LeBron and digging-down guards like Caruso/KCP/Green.
Jokic averaged: 21.8 ppg (54%), 7.2 reb., 5.0 apg.
Jokic this season: 26.6 ppg (58%), 10.3 rpg, 6.2 apg – 4:04 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Quite a sequence from Anthony Davis: he swipes at the ball in Jokic’s hands, comes up with it, takes it up the court, goes off the dribble against Jokic and hits a tough runner, and-1. Makes the free throw, plus a technical free throw.
He’s got 12 points in just under 8 minutes. – 4:04 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
JaMychal Green just picked up a tech. Joker (already with 5 turnovers) just picked up his second foul. Nuggets already with seven turnovers. – 4:03 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
If there is a seam in the fastbreak, Monte Morris will find it. – 4:02 PM
Sam Quinn
@SamQuinnCBS
This game feels a little like the Phoenix game at the end of last regular season did so far, where AD just dominated and tantalized all of us with how good he can be at his best. Helped them beat a team they had no business beating in that game. Maybe history repeats today. – 4:02 PM
Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
Not a great look for Jokić today. Gotta stop passing the ball with the way the Lakers are playing the lanes. There are no double teams. – 4:01 PM
Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Four turnovers for Nikola Jokic in his first six minutes today. – 4:00 PM
Melissa Rohlin
@melissarohlin
LeBron James watches his team play their fifth-to-last game of the season. He’s out because of a lingering ankle injury. pic.twitter.com/6lnB7IF56v4:00 PM

Nate Duncan
@NateDuncanNBA
Free pod: Point Guard Rankings 2021-22 w/ @Danny Leroux: https://t.co/7rnbLTPwqa
Dunc’d On Total Access members get this episode ad-free, plus our other 4 pods per week. Subscribe: https://t.co/XSgwN6BUIK pic.twitter.com/P5pAWDWKvx4:00 PM

Gary Washburn
@GwashburnGlobe
Boston Globe Sunday NBA Notes: The #Lakers expected to be contenders, but now they’re on the brink of missing the playoffs bostonglobe.com/2022/04/02/spo… via @BostonGlobe3:59 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
LeBron gets a roar from the crowd here as he walks in from the tunnel at the first media timeout. – 3:55 PM
Vinny Benedetto
@VBenedetto
Nikola Jokic has all 5 of Denver’s points in the first 4:30. Lakers out to a 12-5 lead. – 3:54 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
Really sloppy start for the #Nuggets, who turn it over three times in fives minutes. Joker’s not sharp, but Denver clearly trying to feed him inside. Dwight can’t slow him down. – 3:53 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Good start from LeBron-less LAL today, as they lead Denver 12-5, led by @Anthony Davis.
AD has a pair of dunks towards 6 points, plus some good defense on Jokic, including a big swat near the rim. – 3:53 PM
Allen Sliwa
@AllenSliwa
Good flow for the Lakers to start the game, 12-5 LakeShow… – 3:52 PM
StatMuse
@statmuse
Dwight Powell today:
22 PTS
13 REB
8-10 FG
The Mavs are 4-1 this season when Powell scores 20+. – 3:51 PM
Dwain Price
@DwainPrice
It’s a final: Mavs 118, Bucks 112. Luka had 32-8-15, Dwight 22-13, Reggie 16-7, Jalen 15 pts, Dorian 11 pts and 6 assists, Spencer 11 pts. Mavs are 49-30 and will play at Detroit on Wednesday. – 3:48 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Pretty solid giveaway today at the Lakers game, accompanied by a national anthem performance by @flea333. pic.twitter.com/kAVRPloeV43:45 PM

Brad Turner
@BA_Turner
My dude @Dan Woike his this in @latimessports on: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticizes LeBron James, says he should be ’embarrassed’ latimes.com/sports/lakers/…3:44 PM
Dallas Mavericks PR
@MavsPR
Dwight Powell finished today’s game with 22 points and 13 rebounds, his 2nd game of the season (4th career) with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds.
The Mavericks are 26-6 this year when Powell scores in double figures, including 9-1 when he tallies 15+ points. pic.twitter.com/jWdLRIsFzf3:44 PM

Los Angeles Lakers
@Lakers
Here’s to the Inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion: @Carmelo Anthony 👏 pic.twitter.com/jEGQbMynPD3:43 PM

Michael Singer
@msinger
Nuggets governor Josh Kroenke sitting baseline for this one. pic.twitter.com/IU8MAON6sh3:36 PM

StatMuse
@statmuse
Luka is 4-2 vs Giannis, Jokic and Embiid this season. pic.twitter.com/nva88FiLir3:32 PM

Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
Almost time to get Bizzy🦴 pic.twitter.com/GmXiyOhwsA3:32 PM

Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Nuggets starters today at Lakers
Monte Morris
Will Barton
Aaron Gordon
JaMychal Green
Nikola Jokic – 3:31 PM
Kurt Helin
@basketballtalk
LeBron James out vs. Nuggets Sunday due to sore ankle nba.nbcsports.com/2022/04/03/leb…3:30 PM
Ben Golliver
@BenGolliver
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum & designer @victorsolomon to unveil the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar trophy to honor league’s “social justice champion.” Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony is first recipient pic.twitter.com/IiF6Xn0ZBk3:15 PM

Nate Duncan
@NateDuncanNBA
This MIL/DAL game is absolutely massive in the push for the 3rd seed between DAL and GSW. Remaining schedules. DAL has tiebreaker, GSW 1 game up. Dallas loses and GSW wins today it gets tough for Mavs, especially with it looking like LAL, NOP, SAS may have nothing to play for. pic.twitter.com/TNmiBznbzD3:12 PM

Ben Golliver
@BenGolliver
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he’d be willing to meet Lakers’ LeBron James to discuss their differences on issues like vaccine advocacy: “I admire the things he’s done… Sending a whole school to college, wow, that’s amazing… Some of the things he’s done he should be embarrassed by.” pic.twitter.com/0QlNMNUXit3:07 PM

Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
The best player in the world🃏 pic.twitter.com/eoD8uRcu8N3:05 PM

Bill Oram
@billoram
The Lakers 39th starting lineups. You could be throwing five darts at the roster at this point. – 3:03 PM
Ryan Ward
@RyanWardLA
Starters for today’s game between the Nuggets and Lakers: pic.twitter.com/eO85CEnFUW3:03 PM

Michael Singer
@msinger
MPJ getting pre-game work in LA, too. pic.twitter.com/7hBY2kXim83:03 PM

Jovan Buha
@jovanbuha
Lakers’ starters vs. Denver:
Dwight Howard
Anthony Davis
Malik Monk
Avery Bradley
Russell Westbrook – 3:02 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
L.A.’s 39th starting lineup: Westbrook, Bradley, Monk, Davis and Howard. – 3:00 PM
Danny Leroux
@DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On: Point Guard Rankings 2021-22 w/ @Nate Duncan
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: duncdon.supportingcast.fm
Listen: omny.fm/shows/duncd-on…3:00 PM
Michael Singer
@msinger
Jamal Murray getting some pre-game work in Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/s0ihj28W052:58 PM

Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Nuggets-Lakers Pregame Lounge is LIVE
youtube.com/watch?v=wuLuWR…2:56 PM
Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Late addition to Denver’s injury report: Will Barton (right knee soreness) is questionable – 2:46 PM
TJ McBride
@TJMcBrideNBA
According to the Nuggets, Will Barton III has been added to the injury report (right knee soreness) and he is QUESTIONABLE tonight.
As @Michael Singer reported, Jeff Green is out due to personal reasons. – 2:44 PM
Denver Nuggets
@nuggets
Injury Update:
Jeff Green is OUT (Personal)
Will Barton is QUESTIONABLE (Right knee soreness) – 2:43 PM
Dave McMenamin
@mcten
The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Trophy, awarded to the league’s annual Social Justice Champion, is unveiled. Carmelo Anthony will receive it today for his work during the 2020-21 season. pic.twitter.com/Xv1S0GbQby2:42 PM

TJ McBride
@TJMcBrideNBA
I just wanted to throw out a reminder that if anyone is looking for a freelancer, I am your guy.
I have years of experience covering the Nuggets as a reporter, writer & podcaster. I am ready to jump into any work involving basketball.
My DMs are open & email is in my bio! – 2:39 PM
Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar here before the Lakers-Nuggets game to present his Social Justice Champion award. Carmelo Anthony is the recipient pic.twitter.com/dbyz46LdeH2:37 PM

Los Angeles Lakers
@Lakers
Sunday’s Starters
#SuitingUpTogether | @ToyotaSoCal pic.twitter.com/AJcrHfMEtZ2:33 PM

Dan Favale
@danfavale
the range of opinions i’ve formed and reformed and then reformed some more on dwight powell over the past few years is brain-bending – 2:30 PM
Callie Caplan
@CallieCaplan
Dwight Powell (game-high 17 points, game-high 8 rebounds) is the most productive frontcourt player in Mavs-Bucks so far, just as everyone expected. – 2:29 PM
CBS NBA
@CBSSportsNBA
LeBron James injury update: Lakers superstar to sit Sunday vs. Nuggets due to ailing ankle
https://t.co/Uu1LXdST4Z pic.twitter.com/Y5LIVu9Epg2:13 PM

Michael Singer
@msinger
Michael Malone reiterated this game is about the #Nuggets since they still control their own destiny. At the same time, he said he expects the Lakers’ urgency/ desperation to be off the charts. – 2:07 PM
Los Angeles Lakers
@Lakers
Unlimited Love for today’s giveaway 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/4zIVDql7oC2:05 PM

Nate Duncan
@NateDuncanNBA
Free pod: Point Guard Rankings 2021-22 w/ @Danny Leroux: https://t.co/7rnbLU77hI
Dunc’d On Total Access members get this episode ad-free, plus our other 4 pods per week. Subscribe: https://t.co/XSgwN6kjka pic.twitter.com/h15Xpli1pn2:00 PM

Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
Lakers coach Frank Vogel on Russell Westbrook’s season: “He puts in the work. He just hasn’t gotten over the hump to find that consistency.” – 1:56 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Vogel said LeBron’s ankle was particularly sore after last game; short turnaround (7:30 p.m. Friday tip, to 12:30 p.m. Sunday tip) didn’t help.
Vogel has had to game plan without LeBron or AD for most of the season: “Season of adjustment … we gotta play through it.” – 1:56 PM
Jim Owczarski
@JimOwczarski
The #Bucks Khris Middleton has passed Wayne Ellington for No. 83 on the all-time three pointers list. – 1:55 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers
@KamBrothers
Anthony Davis will be playing today. Also, Frank Vogel notified us that Carmelo Anthony will receive the NBA’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award, which will be presented to him by its namesake. AK – 1:55 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
Anthony Davis came through his return from the mid-foot sprain well, said Frank Vogel, and Davis will play today against Denver. – 1:52 PM
Kyle Goon
@kylegoon
Frank Vogel confirms LeBron James is out today against Denver. Anthony Davis is in. – 1:51 PM
Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Anthony Davis is playing today. – 1:50 PM
Ryan Ward
@RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel says Anthony Davis WILL play today. – 1:50 PM
Dave McMenamin
@mcten
Frank Vogel says LeBron James is out and Anthony Davis will play today against Denver. “He had ankle soreness from the other night, this is essentially like a back to back,” Vogel said. Vogel said LeBron is day to day moving forward. – 1:50 PM
Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
Frank Vogel considers LeBron James as “day-to-day.” Though Vogel described Anthony Davis as “sore,” he will play today against the Nuggets – 1:50 PM
Brad Turner
@BA_Turner
Anthony Davis is playing – 1:50 PM
Allen Sliwa
@AllenSliwa
Coach Vogel confirms Lebron OUT with ankle soreness…AD is IN – 1:50 PM
Jovan Buha
@jovanbuha
Frank Vogel says LeBron James is day-to-day moving forward. – 1:50 PM
Brad Turner
@BA_Turner
LeBron James out with ankle soreness – 1:50 PM
Chris Mannix
@SIChrisMannix
LeBron (ankle soreness) is out today, per Frank Vogel. – 1:50 PM
Mark Medina
@MarkG_Medina
Lakers coach Frank Vogel confirms LeBron James is out for today’s game against the Denver Nuggets because of “ankle soreness.” – 1:50 PM
Mike Trudell
@LakersReporter
LeBron James is out today vs. Denver due to the sprained left ankle that he originally injured at New Orleans last week, per Frank Vogel. – 1:50 PM
Ryan Ward
@RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel confirms LeBron James is OUT today. – 1:49 PM
Bob Garcia
@bgarciaivsports
Russell Westbrook’s latest remarks show his #Lakers tenure won’t go past the summer.
#LakeShow #NBA
sportscasting.com/russell-westbr…1:49 PM
Ryan Ward
@RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel commends Carmelo Anthony for being the social justice champion. Says it’s a “big deal for us.” – 1:49 PM
Allen Sliwa
@AllenSliwa
What did you think of AD in his first game back? pic.twitter.com/f36etDqQ591:47 PM

Keith Smith
@KeithSmithNBA
LeBron James out this afternoon, per the Lakers. That’s not good for their Play-In hopes. – 1:41 PM
Shams Charania
@ShamsCharania
Lakers star LeBron James will be out today vs. Nuggets as he deals with nagging ankle injury, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. The Lakers are currently one game behind San Antonio for the final Play-In spot. – 1:36 PM
Ryan Blackburn
@NBABlackburn
Denver not having Jeff Green or Zeke Nnaji as bodies that can credibly guard LeBron today is a big deal.
Gonna guess Austin Rivers starts, AG guards LeBron, and Jokić guards Davis. Unless Dwight Howard also starts in which case JaMychal Green gets the nod. – 1:19 PM
Marc Stein
@TheSteinLine
LeBron chases the last crown left this season as the Lakers underachieve to the end …
+ more on Ben Simmons, Jerami Grant and the newly minted HoF’er Del Harris …
All here via my latest This Week In Basketball column freshly dispatched worldwide: marcstein.substack.com/p/king-james-c…1:00 PM
Harrison Wind
@HarrisonWind
Jeff Green (personal) is out today vs. Lakers. I’m guessing JaMychal Green moves into the starting five to guard Anthony Davis. – 12:54 PM
Miles Bridges
@MilesBridges
Rounding out the @Dunkaroos All-Dunkaroos Team is no other than @fulkerson_john . He showed up and showed out at the @3X3UHoops Championship in NOLA! #90sstyle #Ad pic.twitter.com/ho5Ing4jJ412:43 PM

Tommy Beer
@TommyBeer
Dick’s Sporting Goods ad from 1985 where they advertise the Jordan 1’s for the retail price of $39.99 pic.twitter.com/XD7wq1HtEQ12:40 PM

Los Angeles Lakers
@Lakers
This afternoon we will be hosting our Mental Health Awareness Game. Here are some resources if you or someone you know is in need. #teamUCLALakers pic.twitter.com/5B2C0bPb3912:36 PM

Jorge Sierra
@hoopshype
Russell Westbrook is overpaid and having a rough season.
He may also be the best performer remaining from his draft class.
You usually don’t have a great season in Year 14 in the NBA.
(Which makes the play of LeBron and CP3, both older than Russ, look all the more impressive). pic.twitter.com/SoivUaGaOY12:14 PM

Shaun Powell
@Powell2daPeople
Giannis, Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Nikola Jokic. One of them isn’t making first team All-NBA. – 11:48 AM
Los Angeles Lakers
@Lakers
Sunday Matinee in DTLA
⏰: 12:30 p.m. PT
📺: ABC
📻: ESPN LA 710 & 1330 KWKW
#LakeShow x @SociosUSA
nba.com/lakers/news/th…11:35 AM
Christian Clark
@cclark_13
Going live with the point guard of Pelicans Spaces @Impatientbull at 2 p.m.
– Duke-UNC
– Lakers pack
– MVP
– Zion
youtube.com/watch?v=gnqXp7…11:18 AM
NBA Math
@NBA_Math
RPR MVP Predictor:
1. Nikola Jokic: 17.6
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 16.8
3. Joel Embiid: 16.5
4. Jayson Tatum: 14.7
5. Trae Young: 14.5
6. Luka Doncic: 14.5
7. DeMar DeRozan: 14.2
8. Devin Booker: 14.0
9. Ja Morant: 13.6
10. Kevin Durant: 13.3
https://t.co/onGqrEd9sz pic.twitter.com/o28gBYxvuG11:02 AM

NBA Math
@NBA_Math
RPR ROY Predictor:
1. Scottie Barnes: 6.26
2. Evan Mobley: 5.38
3. Franz Wagner: 4.3
4. Cade Cunningham: 4.25
5. Jalen Green: 3.49
6. Herbert Jones: 2.79
7. Josh Giddey: 2.75
8. Ayo Dosunmu: 2.43
9. Bones Hyland: 2.15
10. Chris Duarte: 1.87
https://t.co/onGqrEd9sz pic.twitter.com/91WVXn4us811:00 AM

Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer
#Pelicans are 7-1 in their last 8 games both Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum have played, with the only loss coming in overtime at Denver (a couple late free throws could’ve easily made that a New Orleans win). Pels have not lost in regulation with both in uniform since Feb. 17 – 10:57 AM
Jim Eichenhofer
@Jim_Eichenhofer
5 things to know Sunday, presented by @Take5_OilChange (Swin Cash to Hall of Fame; #Pelicans visit Clippers at 8:30 p.m. on @BallySportsNO, @NBATV and @ESPNRadioNOLA; Pels may take Lakers’ draft pick; “24 Seconds” video with CJ McCollum): on.nba.com/3wVmNUS10:40 AM
Sopan Deb
@SopanDeb
folks I’m in Denver for the next couple of days
where am I eating – 10:22 AM
Jason Walker
@JasonWalkerNBA
Trae Young moves past LeBron James in Estimated Wins, and past Giannis in Offensive EPM. He is definitely #AllNBA. pic.twitter.com/ImQkOicmHD9:17 AM

Kevin Chouinard
@KLChouinard
Career 30+ point, 10+ assist games:
Oscar Robertson 227
James Harden 99
LeBron James 94
Russell Westbrook 83
Tiny Archibald 76
Jerry West 69
Magic Johnson 58
Trae Young 51 – 3:52 AM

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