The Denver Nuggets play against the Los Angeles Clippers at Crypto.com Arena
The Denver Nuggets are spending $13,574,480 per win while the Los Angeles Clippers are spending $17,481,861 per win
Game Time: 10:30 PM EST on Friday November 25, 2022
National TV: NBA TV
Home TV: KTLA
Away TV: Altitude
Home Radio: AM 570 KLAC/S: KTMZ
Away Radio: KKSE 92.5FM
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A lot of my best friends are Oregon alums who feel Ducks football deeply in their bones. And look I just wanna reach out to y’all and say this sincerely:
Lol – 7:28 PM
Aaron Gordon has completely bought in this season.
– Career-high 60.5 FG%
– 62% of his shots are in the restricted area
– That’s in the 100 percentile among forwards
– Mid-range attempts are way down
– Has the 4th most dunks in the league
The new AG:
– 2:59 PM
After last night’s game, here’s Aaron Gordon in November: 18.8 points on 68% (!) from the field, including 56% (!!) from 3-point range, with 7.3 rebounds.
Those are the numbers of a bad, bad man.
Impressions from last night’s win:
– 11:57 AM
Something odd happened in 4th quarter of Nuggets-Clippers: Aaron Gordon became Nikola Jokic
He ran pick-and-roll with Jamal Murray. He initiated offense at the elbow. Denver scored 5-straight baskets.
This is the best version of Gordon that we’ve seen:
– 10:05 AM
Nikola Jokic drew 10 fouls against the Clippers tonight. It’s the third-straight game where he’s drawn 10 fouls but only the fourth time this season that he’s done so. The other instance came in Game 2 of the regular season in Golden State. – 2:42 AM
John Wall left in an all-black outfit, from his turtleneck to his Forces. He smiled when he called it his “Black Friday” fit. – 1:57 AM
Nuggets are now 12-7 through their first 19 games (13 on road, 6 at home). They’re now 2nd in the West standings outright.
If you gave Michael Malone truth serum before the season, I doubt he’d have predicted that.
Denver’s remaining schedule features 35 home and 28 road games. – 1:08 AM
Tonight was the second time the Clippers had only one steal in a game (last Thursday vs Pistons).
Nuggets also outscored Clippers 21-4 on second chance points tonight.
Overall, Nuggets had 6 more offensive rebounds and 8 more takeaways than Clippers in a 10-point win. – 1:07 AM
No postgame article from me. Still struggling to do my normal routine which involves a lot of multitasking.
Podcast pod will be up tonight though. Fun game to discuss. A matter-of-fact W that the Nuggets needed badly. – 1:04 AM
Nuggets beat LA 114-104 in a game they led by as many as 21 points.
First consecutive losses for Clippers this month.
27:6 assist-TO ratio for Nuggets (9:1 for Jamal Murray).
Clippers have same record after 20 games as last season: 11-9.
Pacers here Sunday at 1pm Pacific. – 1:01 AM
Final rotations for the Nuggets as they beat the Clippers 114-104.
-No Kawhi/PG and the Clips struggled accordingly to score
-AG: 29 points on 12/16 FG, just a monster in the paint
-Joker: 19-13-6, did not attempt a shot in the second half. Didn’t have to.
-Murray: 21-6-9 pic.twitter.com/zUbBbgdF9I
– 1:01 AM
Clippers fall to 11-9 after a 114-104 loss to Denver. Perfect storm of everything the Clippers have done poorly this season — FT shooting, offensive rebounds allowed, turnovers committed, second-chance points. – 12:59 AM
improve to 12-7 (No. 2 in the West) and 8-5 away from Ball Arena.
The eight wins on the road are the most in the NBA.
(Best Adam Sandler voice): “Not too shabby.” – 12:59 AM
Nuggets blow out the Clippers — like they should have. Great win on the road with back-to-back home games against the Rockets coming up. A run could be coming. – 12:58 AM
Nuggets blowout the Clippers — like they should have. Great win on the road with back-to-back home games against the Rockets coming up. A run could be coming. – 12:58 AM
Sam Hauser (+21 Friday in 21 minutes, +142 for the season) regained the NBA lead in +/- earlier tonight, with Jayson Tatum moving into 4th.
(Nikola Jokic about to reclaim the league lead though in the late game) – 12:58 AM
Nuggets swapped Jokic and Gordon’s roles in the 4th and used Gordon as Murray’s partner in PnR.
Worked perfectly to get the win but destroyed @Duvalier Johnson
‘s lock of the game (Jokic over 41.5 pts/rebs/ast) – 12:56 AM
Nuggets use 7-1 run to take a 21-point lead… Robert Covington hits back-to-back 3s to cut Nuggets lead to 112-95.
With 3:03 left, I think Malone is emptying the bench for real this time.
Either way, get home and shop safely. – 12:53 AM
Moses Brown missed two more free throws… but got his rebound and finished a lefty bank hook that got him dap from PG and Kawhi.
Take the highlights you can get at this point.
Michael Malone takes a timeout to empty his bench with 5:12 left to play. Nuggets up 103-88. – 12:48 AM
Without Kennard-Kawhi-PG, Ty Lue called the margin for error “very slim” before tipoff. The Clippers have set out to prove their coach right. Despite 53% shooting, probably John Wall’s best game and solid Mann/Morris nights, turnovers and free throws have cut away at that margin. – 12:40 AM
Just a matter of time. Nuggets go on 9-0 run to take a 99-82 lead. The 2nd chance and points off TO margins are too much to overcome, not to mention the porous free throw shooting for LA.
Only 6:54 left to play. – 12:40 AM
Whenever you see that Vlatko block on John Wall, look at the bench. Jokic jumped out of his seat and swung his fist in the air. As fiery a reaction as you’ll ever see from him. – 12:35 AM
Talk about a guy staying ready. Have to be happy for Vlatko Cancar.
Making the best of his opportunity as of late and is looking like the player that we say in Eurobasket.
He’s stepping up on both sides of the floor and teammates are thrilled to see his solid play. – 12:34 AM
Vlatko Cancar with a block off Wall’s body to save a transition possession, then gets a bucket in the paint and from 3 to quell deepest LA threat of the half.
Nuggets up 94-82. Jokic still resting with 8:20 left. LA running out of time despite Wall’s season/game-high 23 points. – 12:33 AM
Not a good game for Vlatko tonight on either end. Not a lot of guys off the bench are playing well honestly. Clippers bailing them out with missed freebies. – 12:30 AM
LAC 1st half 3s: 3/6
LAC 3rd quarter 3s: 4/9
Nuggets still lead 87-77 entering fourth quarter. Aaron Gordon enjoys playing Clippers, up to 21 points on 8/11 FGs. Nuggets have 21:5 assist-TO ratio and still have 11 more possessions than Clippers (+5 off. rebounds, +6 TO). – 12:25 AM
The Clippers went the third quarter without committing a turnover. And that’s why they’re still in this game, down 87-77 entering the fourth quarter. – 12:24 AM
Michael Malone is coaching like he hasn’t forgotten the January 11, 2022 game when Nuggets smoked a 25-point second half lead in LA.
LA got back-to-back 3s (told you more of those were coming). Nuggets still up 85-74 with 1:26 left in 3rd quarter – 12:21 AM
Nuggets restore some order, lead 76-63 with 5:48 left. Shaping up to be another unsuccessful night of defense for Clippers after what we saw in Golden State. The only Denver starter under 50% FGs is Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has also shot the least (1/3 FGs). – 12:10 AM
Nuggets haven’t been a strong second half team.
LA already on a 7-0 run to cut Nuggets lead in half.
Nuggets lead down to 66-59. Michael Malone burns a timeout after only 2 minutes, 3 seconds – 11:58 PM
Love that the Nuggets are rolling with Zeke Nnaji at backup center again tonight. It’s going to help the bench defense — and it’s crazy how little he’s played so far this season. – 11:49 PM
Clippers attempted only 6 3s in first half, their fewest in any half this season.
That isn’t their biggest issue, of course. Clippers need to get stops… and to stop donating the basketball. Nicolas Batum was only Clipper without a first half turnover.
But yes, expect more 3s – 11:48 PM
Nuggets go into the half with a 64-52 lead over the Clippers.
Denver is 7-14 from beyond the arc.
Jokic leads all scorers with 17 points.
Gordon and Murray have 10 a piece.
If you’re Malone, what’s your message to the team? – 11:47 PM
In the 10 quarters Nikola Jokic has played since returning from H&S protocols, he’s got 97 points, 24 assists, and 23 rebounds. – 11:43 PM
John Wall is halfway to a 30-piece (15 points, 5/5 FGs), but Nuggets outscored Clippers by 11 points in his minutes.
Clippers had ZERO steals in first half. We’ve talked about possessions all November.
Nuggets have 5 more offensive rebounds and 7 more takeaways. Up 12. #Math
– 11:43 PM
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they lead the Clippers 64-52:
-Joker: 17-4-5, got up 13 shots, maybe even left some on the table
-Murray: 10-4-6, 0 TOVs
-1st minutes in awhile for Ish Smith: 5 points, 2 assists, 1 sick block, helped stabilize bench pic.twitter.com/g9jCYNtwvu
– 11:42 PM
Nuggets lead LA 64-52 at halftime, using a 10-4 run to expand lead late in the second quarter.
Really unfortunate that Clippers are getting blown out. They are shooting 62.5% FGs. But they are getting beat 11-0 on 2nd chance points and 18-6 off turnovers.
Jokic has 17/4/5. – 11:41 PM
First half: John Wall has started 5-for-5 with 15 points, Terance Mann is 6-for-7 with 13 points and the Clippers are shooting 62% overall — and still trail 64-52 because they can’t rein in their turnovers (11) and they’re down 12 points in the three-point differential. – 11:40 PM
When Nikola Jokic has the inside advantage on a player, rather than take it and finish an easy look, he’ll wait and bait a foul while not conceding his advantage. Watch. It oftens yields “delayed” and-1s. – 11:34 PM
The most frustrated I’ve seen Reggie Jackson in a while — on the bench, shaking his head — stemming from calls he hasn’t agreed with. – 11:32 PM
Omari Sanfoka II
That road trip probably went as well as it could’ve gone for the Pistons considering how injured they are. They were in every game and got back-to-back wins in Denver and Utah. Now they have a solid stretch of home games coming up as their health improves. – 11:28 PM
Clippers started cycling starters back in, and good things happen.
Terance Mann is attacking the Nuggets soft interior repeatedly, and joins John Wall in double figures. Mann has 11, Wall (on bench) has 12.
Nuggets have no one in doubles yet, but lead 48-42 with 4:39 left in 2Q – 11:26 PM
James Edwards III
After beating DEN and UTA on B2B nights, the Pistons end a 6-game, 12-day trip out West taking the best team in the conference to the wire, all without Cunningham, Ivey, Bey and Stewart.
The feeling around Pistons land is far more optimistic right now than when trip started. – 11:25 PM
What is happening! Ish Smith completely stuffs Norm Powell, leads to run-out where Bruce Brown calls for the oop. BB punches it with one hand.
On a different note, it’s amazing the juice Ish has brought to this game. – 11:20 PM
Not a good bench start. Ish Smith blocks Norman Powell’s fade late in the clock, then throws the lob to Bruce Brown to give Nuggets 45-33 lead with Jokic resting.
7:03 left in the first half. LA has already allowed 16 points off of 7 turnovers. Nuggets +9 in possession battle. – 11:19 PM
Second game in a row Zeke Nnaji getting minutes over DeAndre Jordan. Nnaji’s effort on the glass rewarding that decision. – 11:17 PM
OKC has a history of scorers they could give the ball to in tight games to go get a game-winning bucket:
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Paul George, Chris Paul.
And now Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. – 11:13 PM
Nuggets lead LA 31-26 at the end of one quarter of play.
Aaron Gordon leads all scorers with 8 points (3/3 FGs, 1/1 3s, 1/1 FTs, plus 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block).
Nuggets outscoring Clippers 11-3 off turnovers. – 11:08 PM
That was an incredible offensive rebound by Christian Braun. Those are just the kind of plays he makes. He gets to those 50-50 balls. – 11:05 PM
Jamal Murray already looks so much better than he did against Detroit in his first game back since H&S protocol. Has his legs under him and flying out on defensive contests. Seems like a wise move to rest him vs. OKC. – 10:58 PM
Clippers used a 6-1 run to tie the game… and Nuggets have answered with a 9-0 run to take a 27-18 lead with 3:22 left in the opening quarter.
A lot of zone early for LA defense. It’s too soft: Nuggets are shooting 61.1%, and that’s with Jokic off to a slow start (2/5 FGs) – 10:58 PM
Reggie Jackson (4), Marcus Morris (7) and TMann (7) have accounted for all the Clippers points so far. – 10:54 PM
I like the way the Nuggets have opened the game. Good rhythm to them on offense and solid defense. A few missed bunnies away from a 10-point lead.
Marcus Morris on fire but we’ll see if he cools down. – 10:50 PM
Honestly think Denver’s playing really well on both ends. Clippers have hit some tough shots, specifically Marcus Morris. Denver’s generating great offense almost every time down. – 10:50 PM
Nuggets went on a 10-0 run early, but Clippers answered right back with a 7-0 run. It’s a 17-12 Nuggets lead with 6:07 left in the opening quarter. – 10:50 PM
Gritty, tough win by OKC against the Bulls in overtime. SGA hit three go-ahead free throws, Lu Dort redeemed himself with the key stop on DeMar DeRozan and Josh Giddey made huge plays in OT attacking downhill. Progress from the OT loss against Denver two nights ago. – 10:43 PM
It was Pacers v KD in the 4th and the Pacers were +17, get the win 128-117.
Everyone played their part; Hield scored 26, Turner with 23 and Haliburton added 21-15a.
They handled their business at home — won 8 of 10 during homestand.
Up next: Sun. at LAC to begin 7-game roadie. – 10:30 PM
Starters for the Nuggets against the Clippers:
MPJ is out. Ish Smith is back and available. – 10:05 PM
Looks like Michael Porter Jr. is out tonight in LA.
Nuggets will start Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Bruce Brown, Aaron Gordon, and Nikola Jokic. – 10:03 PM
Marcus Morris Sr.
Jamal Murray – 10:02 PM
Asked Tyronn Lue today about what happens with the team when Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are recovering instead of in their place of leading by example.
Lue praised the other vets, and also said Leonard and George having a voice means a lot to the team even though they’re hurt pic.twitter.com/HcnS2ZxznC
– 10:02 PM
Michael Malone on Nikola Jokic: “When I see him in huddles, when I see him in the locker room, and I see him at shootaround being vocal … holding everybody accountable, that to me is more important than developing a left hand jump hook.” pic.twitter.com/b3rmPlJYIC
– 9:56 PM
First crack at trying to survive until around the 5 minute mark when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander returns with a nine point lead:
Darius Bazley – 9:55 PM
Isaiah Joe finally misses after hitting nine consecutive 3s (he hit seven straight against Denver, then his first two tonight). Longest streak in OKC history (KD in 2012 his 8 straight). – 9:46 PM
No idea if MPJ or Ish are gonna play tonight, but given that Joker is probable I assume he’s playing. I’m sure Malone said this at his presser a few minutes ago.
Unfortunately, I’m on Day 4 of Covid suffering. – 9:25 PM
Georges Niang, off a Bol Bol missed free throw, yells: “Yeah! Give the people free chicken nuggets! Give the people free chicken nuggets!” – 9:20 PM
Michael Malone takes nothing from Nuggets-Clippers preseason game played in Ontario in October despite both teams playing full squads for most part (no Jamal, no Kawhi last month but that was it).
Malone also did not sound happy about the condition of the floor that night either – 9:05 PM
Re: Kawhi, PG and Kennard, Ty Lue said late in his pregame talk with reporters that he has a good feeling for how the injured Clippers are progressing. He said he hasn’t tried to reorient the offense like he did last season because he didn’t think the absences would be long term. – 9:03 PM
The Celtics entered the game tonight 17th in the NBA in defense.
But 29th in the 2nd quarter (only Denver has been worse).
In the 2nd quarter tonight, the Kings have gone 12-18 from the floor, scored 27 points in less than 8 minutes and the Celtics lead, once 16, is now 53-49. – 8:58 PM
Luke Kennard, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George already ruled out for Sunday.
Like I said yesterday, I’m not necessarily expecting them to play until next Saturday at earliest. – 8:57 PM
Los Angeles Clippers
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With 18 points in the first 10 minutes, this is already the second-most points Bam Adebayo has scored in a single quarter in his NBA career.
He had 19 points in a first quarter against the Clippers in November 2021. – 8:35 PM
Bam’s highest-scoring first quarters …
— 19 vs. Clippers, 11/11/21
— 16 vs. Wizards, tonight (with 3:57 left)
— 15 vs. Wizards, 2/5/21 – 8:27 PM
I need a good night out of Denver’s defense. Clippers have the 28th ranked offense and are without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Nuggets have the 27th ranked defense — the only teams worse are the Rockets, Pistons, Spurs. This defensive turnaround has to start soon. – 7:42 PM
Denver wins at New Orleans today.
DU now 6-1 in Jeff Wulbrun’s second season — best start since 2011-12 and tied for best in program’s D1 era (98-pres).
Wulbrun took over after a 2-19 season in 2020-21 in which only one win came against a D-1 school. – 7:30 PM
Welcome to Adam Silver’s NBA. In just the last week, the Knicks have played the Nuggets without Jokic, the Suns without Chris Paul and now the Blazers without Dame Lillard. – 7:26 PM
The Nuggets have outscored opponents by 140 points when Nikola Jokic and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope share the floor… and have been outscored by 137 points when either Jokic or KCP is off the floor. – 6:57 PM
Key number to know for tonight’s Nuggets-Clippers game:
In 300+ minutes, the Clippers have a -10 Net Rating in the minutes when both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are off the floor. They score just 100 points per 100 possessions. Horrible offense.
Both are out tonight. – 6:36 PM
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JRE on going from defending Nikola Jokic to Nikola Vucevic: “We have to guard as a unit… Being able to do it as a unit out there makes it easy for that person to guard 1v1.” – 5:38 PM
Nuggets injury report ahead of tonight’s game vs Clippers:
Nikola Jokić (left hip soreness) is probable.
Michael Porter Jr (left heel contusion) is questionable.
Ish Smith (right calf strain) is questionable.
Jeff Green (right knee contusion) and Bones Hyland (illness) are out. – 11:27 AM
Highest % of minutes coming from rookies or 2nd-year players…
1. Houston: 57%
2. Oklahoma City: 47%
3. Orlando: 40%
4. Detroit: 36%
5. Indiana: 33%
Fewest minutes from rookies or 2nd-year players…
1. MIN: 6
1. PHI: 6
3. DAL: 15
4. LAC: 25
5. MIA: 271 – 9:43 AM