The Denver Nuggets play against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center
The Denver Nuggets are spending $10,859,584 per win while the Portland Trail Blazers are spending $11,596,493 per win
Game Time: 10:00 PM EST on Thursday December 8, 2022
National TV: NBA TV
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Away TV: Altitude
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Michael Porter Jr.’s listed as out tomorrow vs. Utah. Jamal Murray (left knee contusion) and Jeff Green (right knee contusion) are probable. – 5:45 PM
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– 2:13 PM
Jimmy Butler ranks fourth in the NBA in win shares per 48 minutes this season behind only Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis and Luka Doncic.
Jimmy Butler, still very good. – 12:52 PM
The Nike Hoop Summit will return to Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, April 8, 2023.
It will feature both a men’s and the inaugural women’s game with top American high school athletes facing off against a World Team of top international players 19-and-younger. – 12:03 PM
On Thursday, 20 months after tearing his ACL, Jamal Murray hit a game-winning 3-pointer that afforded him a chance to look back. Back to the doubts, the frustrations and the questions.
“I’ve come a long way,” Murray said.
– 11:00 AM
Finished up DEN-POR:
-Great game. Incredible shot-making!
-Good AG game
-Murray played with some swagger again
-Bones does stuff
-Nurk always has it for his old team
-Blazers are a couple of guys short. Sharpe will be one eventually & getting guys healthy. – 9:47 AM
Nikola Jokic last night:
✅ 33 PTS
✅ 10 REB
✅ 9 AST
It’s the 90th time he’s been his team’s outright leader in all three categories.
Only two players in NBA history have recorded more such games: LeBron James (151) and Russell Westbrook (98).
– 9:14 AM
Michael Malone on Jamal Murray: He asked me ‘are you guys gonna trade me?’ That’s where his mind was, he was like ‘maybe I’m damaged goods, maybe they don’t want me anymore’. I shut that down and said ‘we love you, you’re not being traded. You’re gonna come back a better player.’ pic.twitter.com/85ADhftLv2
– 9:00 AM
Aaron J. Fentress
A frustrated Chauncey Billups when asked about Nurkic’s big game in 121-120 L to Denver:
“That’s fine but it doesn’t mean shit to me. We lost the game. I don’t care about stats or none of that. None of that stuff matters. We didn’t execute well enough to win the game.” #RipCity pic.twitter.com/6lt29MOUaj
– 1:41 AM
Damian Lillard on Jamal Murray’s game-winner: “He hit a tough shot, and we still had a chance. He hit a tough shot to win it, but there were other things we could have done before to not be in that situation.” – 1:06 AM
The best ways to describe Michael Malone’s feelings on Jamal Murray tonight would be extreme elation, proud, and vindicated.
He told a story today about Jamal asking him immediately following the ACL tear on April 12th, 2021 if they would trade him.
Malone said absolutely not. – 12:46 AM
The best ways to describe Michael Malone’s feelings on Jamal Murray tonight would be extreme elation, proud, and vindicated.
He told a story today about Jamal asking him immediately following the ACL tear on April 12th, 2021.
Malone shot that down with haste. – 12:44 AM
Even if the Nuggets are healthy, Braun has to be in the rotation even if it means tightening up the reserve big rotation. If sometimes DeAndre Jordan or Jeff Green don’t play to add more perimeter defense, so be it. – 12:36 AM
Chauncey Billups: “Tough way to lose. A hard-fought game the whole way through. We had a bad start to the fourth quarter again. Murray hit a hell of a shot. Dame hit great shots to keep us in it.” – 12:35 AM
30-18 Nuggets run in last 9:53 at Portland to overcome an 11-point deficit
Nuggets vs Trail Blazers was within two points for the last seven minutes of the game.
Jamal Murray’s game-winner was the 13th go-ahead field goal of the 4th quarter (8th by Denver)
Incredible game – 12:34 AM
That might have been a massive turning point for Denver.
They went from lifeless in the first quarter to gritty, but sloppy in the second quarter to an all-out sprint towards finding a way to win on the road in the second half capped off by an incredible Murray flurry. – 12:32 AM
Forget Dame Time, Jamal Murray stepped up in a huge way to close this game. Finally let those blue arrows fly hesitation-free. The Nuggets needed this, but Jamal needed it even more.
Winning a duel with a hot Lillard down the stretch is how you shake off the cobwebs. – 12:30 AM
Final rotations for the Nuggets as they defeat the Blazers 121-120:
-Jamal Murray: 14 points in the 4th, game-winner, vintage stuff
-Nikola Jokić: 33-10-9 Sombor Double
-AG: 20 points on 12 shots
-Dame Lillard: Absolutely nutso. 40 and 12 pic.twitter.com/VUTMF54ZTt
– 12:27 AM
Lillard and Jamal Murray trading big shots down the stretch. Felt like a Bubble throwback tonight in Portland. Great win for the Nuggets. – 12:27 AM
That is exactly the win Denver needed to break out of this funk. Denver went into Portland and just grabbed a massive division win despite a lot of funkiness. – 12:26 AM
Jamal Murray just isolated Jerami Grant and roasted him alive on that step-back triple with Denver down 2 and less than a second remaining. That man is fearless. Incredible confidence from Murray on that shot. – 12:25 AM
Ballgame. Jamal Murray scores 14 in the fourth, including the game-winner. That snaps Denver’s three-game losing streak. – 12:25 AM
Murray stepback over Grant… is good. Nuggets 121, Blazers 120, 0.9 seconds to play. Portland ball after the timeout. – 12:23 AM
Damian Lillard hunted Jamal Murray repeatedly in the second half of the fourth quarter and has scored at will when he got that matchup. – 12:22 AM
Jokic push shot is off, Gordon gets the putback, Nuggets 118, Blazers 117. Dame. gets to his stepback at the Moda logo on the next possession, and it’s good. Blazers 120, Nuggets 118, 8.8 seconds to play, Denver ball after the timeout. – 12:22 AM
Murray uses most of the clock, hits the baseline fadeaway. Nuggets 116, Blazers 115… Dame probes on the next possession, nothing there, gets it to Ant who gets to the free throw line extended and hits just his third field goal of the game. Blazers up 1 with 28.3 to play. – 12:20 AM
A lot of talk heading into this one about how bad Denver’s bench is but only one of their starters is in the plus — Murray at +14 — while their entire bench is. – 12:05 AM
Jamal Murray went from barely having his impact felt on the game to dragging Denver back within one point. He goes from ice cold to molten lava about as fast as anyone in the league. – 12:03 AM
A 12-2 Denver run cuts Portland’s lead to 104-103 with 7:07 to play. A less than ideal start to the fourth quarter for the home team. – 12:03 AM
Jamal Murray’s awake. Could see it coming, too. Two giant 3-pointers, and it’s a 1-point game … and Joker’s checking in after the timeout. – 12:02 AM
Well, the Nuggets have not made any of the guards on the Trail Blazers feel even remotely uncomfortable. They’re walking into their spots 90% of the time. Really rough showing in the third quarter. – 11:53 PM
Christian Braun is doing everything for the Nuggets defensively right now, but there’s just not enough guys coming with him to that party. – 11:51 PM
Dame caught AG slow on the switch earlier in the quarter and just now caught uncle Jeff doing the same thing. Lazy switches, two 3s. – 11:44 PM
Moda Center rocking. Dame hits his fifth three of the quarter. This one is spiraling.
Only Jokić and Gordon playing well offensively this quarter. – 11:43 PM
Dame with his seventh three of the game gives Portland their largest lead of the night at 94-83 with 2:09 to play in the third quarter. – 11:43 PM
Blazers came out punching first and the Nuggets can’t get off their heels right now. Nurkic is punishing down low, Lillard is sniping, Grant is slicing to the rim, and Denver is facing a set defense every offensive possession. – 11:40 PM
Blazers are getting whatever they want off Jokic in pick and roll
Nuggets are getting whatever they want off Nurkic in pick and roll
Which big decides to defend first? – 11:37 PM
Denver found success when they had Gordon with two of Brown, KCP & Braun. They got Portland’s offense stuck in the mud &, with Jokic, they were able to space the floor enough to execute on offense.
I’d bet we see a lot more Braun I the second half + more Gordon. – 11:24 PM
Nuggets allowed 9 offensive rebounds in that first half. Six came from the bench, including 4 from Justise Winslow by himself.
If Denver can’t protect the glass. They will certainly lose tonight. Too much working against them otherwise. – 11:22 PM
Against +.500 teams
UTAH JAZZ 12-6
Portland 8-7 – 11:20 PM
Nuggets down 64-63 heading into the half against the Trailblazers
Jokic leads all scorers with 20 points & is aggressive.
Gordon is also making an impact and finishing around the rim. He has 15 points.
3rd qtr upcoming —
If you’re Malone, whats your message to the team? – 11:13 PM
Aaron Gordon is on pace for a 30-piece.
At halftime, he is up to 15 points on 6-8 shooting and 2-2 from deep. He is also defending his ass off and bullying anyone in the paint. – 11:10 PM
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they trail the Blazers 64-63:
-Joker: 20-6-5. He can do whatever he wants right now. Some of the early TOVs weren’t on him
-AG: 15 points, aggressive on both ends, really good
-Bones: 10 points, 2 assists, and a mean 35-footer pic.twitter.com/Hlub4nOovy
– 11:09 PM
Nuggets struggled to find a rhythm early on but got going in the 2nd quarter. Offensive battle between two fun, offensive teams.
64-63 Blazers at the half. – 11:08 PM
Nikola Jokic’s scoring is on another level right now. He’s up to 20 points on 8-12 shooting to go with 6 rebounds and 5 assists at halftime.
He had 5 early turnovers, but has cleaned up his game since the first quarter.
Nuggets trail Portland 64-63. – 11:08 PM
Bones is so dynamic on offense. Elite handle, great shooter, lightning quick first step, and really good feel in the PnR. – 11:00 PM
Jokic already has 14-5-4 with just under 5 minutes left in the first half and it feels like a B- game from him so far at best. We are spoiled. – 11:00 PM
Me: Nuggets are playing like hot garbage
Nuggets: *go on 14-5 run to take the lead*
Me: do I look like a sucker? The third quarter is still coming, don’t take me for a mark.
Jokic: *looks feisty*
Me: …okay fine, yes, go Nuggets. – 11:00 PM
What an incredible closeout by Gordon on Grant. Smothered the air out of his shot.
This KCP-Brown-Gordon trio has great defensive potential and when Jokic joins them, the offense has a ton of firepower too. They have been great. – 10:58 PM
Blazers don’t have a single clean catch in the game thus far and the Nuggets have converted 8 turnovers into 13 points and have a 53-48 lead with a little over 5 minutes to play in the first half. – 10:57 PM
Good Christian Braun minutes so far. He is giving great defensive effort, closing out to shooters perfectly, containing on the perimeter and finding gaps as an off-ball scorer on offense. He fits his role so perfectly. – 10:55 PM
Because of the Nuggets lifeless start, they have no rhythm even as their effort increases. This game evolved from lackadaisical to ugly. – 10:52 PM
Nuggets look like they are battling but they are just in a funk. Can’t find a rhythm on either end of the floor for more than a possession or two. – 10:51 PM
Jamal just threw a turnover to nowhere, and DeAndre Jordan’s reaction on the other end after the timeout pretty much confirms that he was supposed to slip the screen there. – 10:51 PM
Michael Malone was so close to calling timeout on so many instances. Everything FEELS horrible, so I get it.
Right now, it’s the Blazers offensive rebounding. Just a million extra opportunities. – 10:46 PM
Nuggets struggle mightily in the first 8 minutes of the first quarter or so and it led to them finishing out the quarter with a six-point deficit.
Blazers lead 36-30. – 10:39 PM
I *think* Christian Braun is starting the second quarter.
Malone, understandably, hated the way that quarter ended. Blazers up 36-30 after Denver turns it over six times. Joker, who had five of the TOs, has a team-high 12 points. – 10:39 PM
The Nuggets were basically outplayed in every single way that counts, saved by some And-1’s from Nikola Jokić and threes from Aaron Gordon.
This is hard to watch honestly. There’s just no soul. – 10:38 PM
Keon Johnson checks in for the first time since November 5 in Phoenix. Missed the last 14 games with a hip pointer. – 10:37 PM
Nuggets have no urgency so far tonight. They are just floating through defensive coverages, getting back on defense slowly, and getting into offensive sets without much intent. – 10:31 PM
Nikola Jokic has now surpassed the number of field-goal attempts he had against Portland the first time they played. – 10:30 PM
Denver’s turnovers (again) fueling Portland’s offense. That’s 3 for 6 pts halfway through the first. Jerami Grant playing like … he deserved more playing time in Denver? – 10:25 PM
No idea how the hell Aaron Gordon just dunked that. Wildly impressive power under the rim by him once again. Oh, and he his a triple a minute or two earlier. He has been so good recently. – 10:21 PM
Wow, Aaron Gordon just made a “holy shit” dunk in traffic over Jerami Grant. That was impressive.
Jamal has started slow once again. Missing make-able shots early. Denver’s defense hasn’t been great either. Blazers just missing. – 10:20 PM
Nuggets are back to playing a drop on defense which is an interesting choice against a team featuring Dame and Simons playing in the high pick and roll. It’s working so far, but there is some volatility to that scheme. – 10:17 PM
The Nuggets start the game in Portland with four straight stops (with some help from Josh Hart). Nikola Jokic has the game’s first four points. – 10:13 PM
There are two specifics things I am looking for from the Nuggets in Portland tonight:
1. Can Denver minimize their turnovers?
2. How do the Nuggets — specifically Jamal Murray — handle the high pick and roll of the Trail Blazers? – 10:04 PM
Also, had an opp. to ask Chauncey Billups a question about Joker only attempting 4 shots last time these two teams matched up and if that was by design.
“Well, I’m not gonna tell you our game plan,” he joked.
Said he never looks at stats when evaluating Nikola Jokić. – 8:59 PM
Michael Porter Jr did not travel on this trip with Denver. Coach Malone said there’s no timetable on his return. Right now the focus is just doing what they can to “calm down the heel.” – 8:47 PM
Michael Malone pregame on the importance of preventing runs from the opposition:
“One of the things that we have to do a better job of: when we hit a rough patch, our resiliency, our mental toughness probably isn’t where it needs to be.”
Said Lillard/Simons would test that. – 8:46 PM
Michael Malone says there’s still no timeline or timeframe on MPJ.
The TNT broadcast suggested he could be back within a week. Malone said no timeline has been conveyed to him.
Porter didn’t make the one-game trip to Portland. This will be his 8th straight game being out. – 8:34 PM
Chauncey Billups on Nikola Jokic: “He can beat you shooting four times because he might have 18 assists. … I never look at the numbers when it comes to Joker, because he plays with a spirit that’s dangerous.” – 8:26 PM
Anfernee Simons has made more threes this season than
while playing in fewer games than all of them. pic.twitter.com/M4yzY3Vpn5
– 3:57 PM
Spoke to Jamal Murray just now. He admitted that there’s still some hesitancy and that he still doesn’t know how aggressive he can/should be in the process coming back from the ACL.
Will have an article up soon. – 2:38 PM
Something kind of wild to consider: at the end of December/the 2022 calendar year, the Blazers will have already played half of their road schedule (21 games) for the year. – 1:48 PM
I challenge anyone to make a better NBA starting 5 with consecutive birthdays:
MJ — Feb. 17
Kirilenko — Feb. 18
Jokic — Feb. 19
Barkley — Feb. 20
Francis — Feb. 21 – 12:52 PM
After hitting the game winning 3 with 27 seconds left in Tuesday’s win over Denver, Dorian Finney-Smith joined us on the telecast. The league leader in corner 3s attempted knocked one down from up top to give the Mavs the win, and as always a great visit with him after! pic.twitter.com/ZmlUQVk8z6
– 11:43 AM
The second leg of Bill Schonely’s book tour is Thursday December 8th at our partner’s store, @Cutsforths in Canby.
The legendary former voice of the Trail Blazers will sign copies of his new book, “Wherever You May Be … Now: The Bill Schonely Story,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. pic.twitter.com/BHaLzdfClM
– 10:30 AM
Heading into the Finals rematch on Saturday…
NBA – +/- LEADERS
1. TATUM, BOS +245
2. WHITE, BOS +188
3. Holiday, Mil +180
4. Jokic, Den +169
5. Osman, Cle +165
6. CURRY, GSW +154
7. GREEN, GSW +151
10. SMART, BOS +138
11. BROWN, BOS +137
15. HAUSER, BOS +127 – 2:18 AM
Celtics currently have four of the NBA’s top 10 3-point shooters, plus a Kelly O sighting…
NBA – 3-POINT SHOOTING
1. BROGDON, BOS
2. Lee, Phx
3. G. WILLIAMS, BOS
4. Ingram, NO
5. HORFORD, BOS
6. Grant, Por
7. Caldwell-Pope, Den
7. Kispert, Was
9. Olynyk, Utah
10. HAUSER, BOS – 2:11 AM