The Denver Nuggets play against the Chicago Bulls at United Center
The Denver Nuggets have not won any games while the Chicago Bulls are spending $156,778,988 per win
Game Time: 8:00 PM EDT on Friday October 7, 2022
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Monte Morris said something interesting yesterday about his role as a PG for the Wizards. He said he’s had to “get back into that mode” because in Denver the offense was initiated by Nikola Jokic to such a large degree, the PG role was different than it is on most teams. – 10:42 AM
There were several instances last night where Zion had a good pin and someone like Lonzo would’ve found him for an easy oop. This team is easily better than the ones with Zo, but that absolutely instant recognition/delivery will be missed. Zo was special in that way. -MP – 10:33 AM
Draymond hit less than 30% of his 3’s last season. He has not made over 31% of them in 6 seasons. He is not a fit for the Lakers at all. The Bulls finished 4th last season in 3pt%, their C hit 31%, and they were 24th in DRTG. That deal has legs. – 7:52 AM
Naji Marshall on Jose Alvarado, who had a great passing night at Chicago, then deposited 28 pts vs. Pistons: “Unbelievable. He’s so electric. You never know what he’s going to do. Every game he does something that is special. It’s exciting to see.” – 11:43 PM
Asked both Bones Hyland and Michael Porter Jr about Aaron Gordon’s play so far:
Bones: “dominant on that low block” says he’s in AG’s ear when he plays good defense and his opponent makes a tough shot.
MPJ: “he reminds me of Draymond Green’s impact on the game.” pic.twitter.com/NFVXX21O4L
– 11:40 PM
Michael Porter Jr on how he feels:
“I think I’ve found ways to stay right.”
Explains this off season for him was about getting healthy and now he’s getting back into game shape and experiencing real game action.
Wants to remind people this is “a process.” pic.twitter.com/il1Ia5WoCT
– 11:30 PM
Michael Porter Jr and Bones Hyland talk about the defensive problems with the Nuggets and what they need to do to be better.
Bones: “it’s one on one containment.”
MPJ: “tonight transition defense. Getting back. Too many guys crashing the offensive glass.” pic.twitter.com/uomQQ213FS
– 11:25 PM
Michael Porter Jr and Bones Hyland talk about playing on the floor together.
Bones: “the connection is just there.”
MPJ: “we understand each other. We understand the tough shots that we can make and shoot.” pic.twitter.com/Tlhhz98Lqx
– 11:23 PM
Billy Donovan says the decision to move Patrick Williams to the bench in favor of Javonte Green today was not meant to send a message for the third-year forward to make improvements.
“I don’t feel like I need to do things to motivate him or light a fire under him.” – 10:51 PM
Billy Donovan being very coy about the Patrick Williams demotion – first by refusing to call it a demotion. Said it’s being made into a bigger deal because PWill was a No. 4 pick. Won’t commit to it being permanent, but did like the way it looked. – 10:47 PM
Billy Donovan said he wanted to get a look at a few different lineups tonight, which is why he started Javonte Green over Patrick Williams.
Donovan said he didn’t consider it a permanent move yet: “Patrick is certainly more than capable of being a starter.” – 10:45 PM
Coach Malone: “we’re two preseason games in, ten days into this preseason and we’re nowhere near where we need to be.”
He said the Nuggets need to work harder and “be more committed and disciplined” and that’s his job to make sure they do that. – 10:44 PM
Coach Malone after this Nuggets loss said it was another “poor defensive effort.” Said the offense wasn’t the problem tonight, and that in the first half it was paint defense, the second half was 3-point defense. Transition defense still isn’t where it needs to be. – 10:38 PM
Billy Donovan said his decision to start Javonte Green over Patrick Williams was just to try different groups. – 10:37 PM
Coach Malone said he has been talking with Jamal Murray about how he’s been feeling the past couple days and did this morning. Said when he saw him “grab his hamstring, there was no reason to put him back in” tonight. – 10:35 PM
Boban is getting MVP chants at the line, so yeah, I think we’re done here. Raptors fall to the Rockets. Preseason continues at home to Chicago on Sunday. – 10:29 PM
Final Numbers 📊
Coby: 15p/2r/3a /1stl
Dragic: 8p /1r/2a/1stl
Carlik: 1r/3a/1stl pic.twitter.com/jdVyhkKt4U
– 10:28 PM
Nuggets fall to 0-2 in the preseason
– Bones Hyland goes for 24 pointe 4-8 from distance
– Michael Porter Jr. with 20 points in 22 minutes
– The bench still has real problems
– That top-5 defense looks like a pipe dream (right now) – 10:23 PM
Much improved outing for the Bulls tonight in a 131-113 win over the Nuggets.
Again, can’t read too much into anything with Jokić out, but this was certainly a confidence booster after Tuesday’s slow start. – 10:19 PM
Bulls 131, Nuggets 113
DeRozan 22 pts in 24 minutes
Vucevic 14 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assists
White 15 pts in 18 minutes
Bulls shot 60% with 32 assists – 10:19 PM
Final: Bulls 131, Nuggets 113.
DeRozan: 22 points, 9-15 FGs
Vooch: 14/7/4, 6-8 FGs
Green: 15/5/2, 3-3 3 PTs
P-Will: 11 points, 2 rebounds
Bulls shot 60 percent from the field, made 15-of28 3s (53.6 percent) and shot 16 of 18 at the line. – 10:19 PM
You could say Denver’s top-five defense (the stated goal) is a work in progress. I didn’t, but you could.
Bulls with 120 points on *63%* shooting from the field, and there’s still five minutes left. – 10:12 PM
Coby White looking confident from long-range late in the fourth quarter. He’s got 15 points off 5-for-7 shooting tonight, which has been a really efficient shooting performance overall for the Bulls. – 10:11 PM
Nuggets giving up that juicy 63-50-89 shooting split to the Bulls thru about 42 minutes of action. The defense is absolutely going to be a talking point. – 10:08 PM
Bones Hyland’s now got a team-high 22 points after banging back-to-back 3-pointers. Up to four 3-pointers on the night. – 9:58 PM
After three: Bulls 105, Nuggets 88.
Preseason or not, 105 points on 64.5 percent shooting, 23 assists against 10 turnovers, 18 fast-break points and 16 points off 15 Nuggets turnovers to this point is all the makings of an excellent bounce back performance by the Bulls. – 9:54 PM
The problem w returning multiple players from injury while integrating new ones is the noticeable gap between players who know where they’re supposed to be and what they should do & those who do not. Jokic being out aggravates it, but I’m not expected a well-oiled machine Game 1. – 9:50 PM
Bones is starting to figure out some things.
Gordon’s up to 14 points on 7 shots.
Porter’s got 20 and 7.
Defense hasn’t been good, but Denver should be happy with the offense for the most part. – 9:41 PM
LaVine up to 6 assists. Has done solid job not forcing action with DeRozan and Vucevic cooking offensively. – 9:38 PM
MPJ: 20 points on 15 shots, 5 boards, 3 steals, and sustained stretches of defensive effort. For preseason game 2, not bad. – 9:36 PM
Jamal Murray went to the locker room early and will not return tonight due to left thigh soreness. – 9:20 PM
DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points in the first half on 8-for-12 shooting. Nothing surprising, but it’s always bolstering for a team to see their stars at a high level in the preseason. – 9:15 PM
Nuggets gave up 72 points in that first half.
For this to be a team that’s focus this off-season was on the defensive end, that’s not the kind of half you can have and feel good about yourselves.
They hang up 63 of their own but have to key in on that end of the floor. – 9:13 PM
Halftime: Bulls 72, Nuggets 63.
Bulls look much better on both ends than they did in the preseason opener Tuesday. DeMar DeRozan appears to be in regular season form. He has 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting. He had 21 points on nine shots in the opener. – 9:11 PM
Bulls 72, Nuggets 63 at half
DeRozan 19 pts
Green 9 pts (started for PWil)
Vucevic 8 pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists
Bulls 65.9% shooting, 3 TOs – 9:10 PM
Looked like a hamstring for Jamal Murray just now. Grabbed the back of his leg. Slight limp as he walked off the floor and subbed out. – 9:09 PM
Here comes Patrick Williams for 2:58 with the starters.
The way Javonte Green has played with that unit, he needs to make most of them. – 9:02 PM
I’ll say it: MPJ has had a couple impressive contests on smaller Bulls players so far tonight. If nothing else, he’s giving defensive effort. – 8:57 PM
Much better first half from the bench players tonight, particularly Drummond and Dragić.
Dragić has six points already. Drummond just teed up a huge block after scoring six of his own. – 8:47 PM
Much better minutes from the second unit thus far tonight. Donovan also has now brought back Green to play with the reserves, lining Patrick Williams up for some minutes with the starters. – 8:44 PM
Alex Caruso already risking life and limb for transition dunks.
In preseason, Caruso told us he was going to try to be “a little smarter” about putting his body on the line this year, but pretty much everyone on the Bulls doubted that. – 8:43 PM
Make of this what you want, but we’ve heard all camp how much more vocal Zeke Nnaji’s been. He just talked a ton during that last timeout. – 8:38 PM
Pelicans turn a 20-9 deficit into a 26-25 lead at the end of the first quarter. Good play from 2nd unit, led by Jose Alvarado’s 6 points.
Also, New Orleans went 12 minutes without a single turnover. This after committing 22 of them against the Bulls in the last preseason contest – 8:38 PM
MPJ checks out after 10 minutes in the 1st: 4-of-10 for nine points, four boards. On pace for 40 shots for you math wizards. – 8:32 PM
It’s preseason, Jokic is out, yadda yadda: still, all things pointing positive for Vučević so far.
Eight points and four rebounds to start this one. He looks active and comfortable moving through the paint on both sides of the court. – 8:31 PM
The Nuggets are up 11-9 just 5 minutes into the game. “Denver’s already scored more than the Broncos in last night’s game!” exclaims the Bulls play-by-play announcer as he kidney-punches the Rocky Mountain region. But also: facts. – 8:23 PM
Javonte Green is one of the best off-ball cutters on the team. His activity there led to a layup. – 8:23 PM
DeMar DeRozan starts this game with a rare 0-for-3 stretch before finally making back-to-back baskets.
Bulls looking a bit more comfortable on both sides of the ball to start this one, although the absence of Jokić makes it hard to assess the game fairly. – 8:17 PM
DeAndre Jordan wins the tip to start the Nuggets’ second game of the preseason at Chicago. I’m watching from my couch in Denver. AMA – 8:12 PM
Ayo Dosunmu will probably guard Jamal Murray most of the night. If not him, then Alex Caruso will.
Will be a good test for Murray on-ball, especially without Jokić. – 7:55 PM
DeAndre Jordan is starting at center for Denver tonight with Nikola Jokic out. That gives Zeke Nnaji his turn to play with the second unit. – 6:59 PM
The Nuggets play the Bulls tonight in a couple hours. Jokić is out as previously reported by @Katy Winge
Key points to watch:
-Who starts at center?
-How does offense fare without Joker?
-Can Murray/MPJ add to strong first game?
-Does Bones bounce back?
-Any changes to rotation – 5:28 PM
Cam Johnson (right thumb sprain) and Cameron Payne (right finger sprain) are expected to miss rest of preseason as precaution with injuries from Wednesday’s preseason win over Lakers.
play Monday at Denver, Wednesday vs Sacramento.
Open regular season Oct. 19 vs. Dallas. – 3:31 PM
Nikola Jokic has been downgraded (wrist) from questionable and won’t play tonight vs. Chicago, I’m told.
Jokic didn’t make the trip and stayed in Denver. Team felt there was no reason for him to travel for a one-off preseason game, anyway. – 1:08 PM
Nikola Jokić has been downgraded to officially OUT tonight against the Bulls with that right wrist sprain.
He did not travel will the team – he stayed back in Denver.
To reiterate – this is a chance for him to get extra rest and the Nuggets are just playing it extra cautious. – 1:05 PM
Denver, who I was told was a real threat to win not only the AFC West but also the AFC as a whole, is 2-3 having played the softest part of the schedule & averaging 15 PPG.
They have still games remaining against… KC 2x, LAC 2x, @ JAX, @ BAL, @ LAR.
😬😬😬 – 8:28 AM