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Final rotations for the Nuggets as they lose to the T’Wolves 128-96:
-Michael Porter Jr.: 22 points on 7/16, just 2/10 from 3
-Christian Braun: 19 points, 5 rebounds, 7/10 FG
No Joker, Murray, KCP, or AG on a b2b hurt the chances. Will see Minny again on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/lalcEeAw5L – 9:25 PM
At the half: Timberwolves 63, Nuggets 43
Denver is without Murray, KCP, Gordon, and Jokic and unsurprisingly struggle to put the ball in the basket.
Braun & Brown are leading Denver with 9 points apiece.
MPJ has 8 pts.
If you’re Malone, what’s your message to the team? – 8:11 PM
As pointed out on the @DNVR_Nuggets pregame show, today is the 3-year anniversary of “The 7.” One of the best wins of the Malone/Jokic era. pic.twitter.com/4ToDR3opEr – 7:04 PM
Without Joker, Jamal, KCP or AG, MPJ might shoot 30 times tonight. Kinda, semi, sorta hoping it happens. – 6:00 PM
Including this season, 1,357 qualified seasons have seen a player average at least 20 points per game.
Nikola Jokic, Kevin Durant, and Joel Embiid are all putting up historic figures in 2022-23 and deserve plenty of appreciation! pic.twitter.com/x2aC856pdh – 4:34 PM
In NBA history, 1,357 qualified seasons have seen a player average at least 20 points per game. You can see all of them here, and you may notice that 2022-23 Nikola Jokic has the best TS% of the entire bunch (with room to spare). pic.twitter.com/LfUYJfmFoq – 4:19 PM
I’ve seen a lot of people ask how the Mavericks are gonna defend opposing wings without Dorian Finney-Smith, but…
How on Earth do they plan to handle Nikola Jokic with their current roster?
That was a preexisting concern but a less relevant one as they weren’t all-in yet – 3:51 PM
Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are all doubtful tonight at Timberwolves. Nuggets likely without four starters on the second night of their back-to-back. – 1:53 PM
Nikola Jokic this season:
✅ 24.8 PPG
✅ 11.3 RPG
✅ 10.1 APG
✅ 70.4 TS%
No player in NBA history has averaged at least 20 PPG with a true shooting percentage of 70% in a full season.
Mind-blowing production and efficiency 🤯
Read and subscribe: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes… – 12:31 PM
Given the nature of tonight’s B2B (starts at 5 p.m. MT after a 7 p.m. tip last night), I do not expect #Nuggets to have their full complement of guys tonight. Jamal Murray played 36 last night, and Joker, who’s dealing with a nagging hamstring issue, played 34. – 11:01 AM
What are Nikola Jokic & Bogdan Bogdanovic talking about? 🇷🇸👀
📸 @Harrison Wind pic.twitter.com/C7Ut2lTTL9 – 10:05 AM
Tonight, Nikola Jokic extended his 50%+ streak to 40 games in a row. – 12:32 AM
Nikola Jokic has posted triple-doubles in nine of his last 11 games. The exceptions are a 21-18-9 game against Phoenix and the 24-8-9 line at Philadelphia. – 12:25 AM
Jokic triple-double, 93 points from the Big 4.
Bench kept pace. Still not perfect but when it looks like this & you can still see the room for improvement? Yikes.
I would like April to get here. Somebody has to beat this squad 4 times in a playoff series? pic.twitter.com/KmXqWqU7gd – 11:36 PM
The fun thing about the Nuggets: how comfortable Aaron Gordon & MPJ are right now. Porter had a chill 23, great chase-down block, really nice work. AG had 15 / 6 / 4.
Those are not the numbers of forgotten team members. It’s not just the Jokic/Murray show. Everyone’s involved. – 11:24 PM
Watching Jamal Murray triangulate The Zone in real time is fun. Good Murray could find it, Great Murray can get back to it.
In the bubble we got to see Great Murray. This looks like Murray found the map back & that’s truly momentous for Denver. This Murray w Jokic hangs banners. – 11:20 PM
Final rotations for the Nuggets as they defeat the Hawks 128-108:
-Jamal Murray: 41 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 turnover, +25
-Joker: 14-18-10-1-2 ho hum
-MPJ: 23 points
-Braun: 32 minutes, 10-7-2
37-16 is tied for the best record in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/zzfd9gyins – 11:17 PM
If you want to beat the Nuggets, you have to sneak up on them during the course of the game. Don’t wake them up.
Refs and ATL woke up Jokic and Murray, and then the rest of the 4th went about like this: pic.twitter.com/hzHv6siG2v – 11:14 PM
Nikola Jokic has 3-straight triple-doubles and has 9 triple-doubles in his last 11 games. – 11:04 PM
Nikola Jokic with another triple double. He’s up to 14 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists.
Still 5:06 left in this one and Denver has a 113-101 lead.
#MV3 pic.twitter.com/UqVQE15dPP – 11:04 PM
WOW. Two excellent passes by Joker and Murray have this game back to 12. Just fantastic. – 11:03 PM
That dump-off, no-look to AG was Nikola Jokic’s 10th assist.
He’s got his NBA-leading 18th triple-double of the season.
14 points, 10 dimes, 17 rebounds. – 11:02 PM
Almost made a tweet pregame about Okongwu being key because Hawks need him to tear up the non-Jokic minutes.
He has had a terrific 2nd half. – 10:49 PM
Alright, 97-86 heading into the 4th quarter.
That Denver lost the 3rd with Joker and Murray playing 23 of a possible 24 minutes is going to be scary for Malone and the Nuggets at the beginning of the 4th. – 10:42 PM
Nuggets should feel bad about wasting some of these Jokic outlet passes that are art. – 10:39 PM
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they lead the Hawks 70-52:
-Jamal: 22 points, 6 assists, 8/14 FG, 4/8 3P
-MPJ: 16 points on 7/10, 2 steals
Everybody on the Nuggets is a + in plus-minus except (weirdly) KCP. pic.twitter.com/HHtjyLTcd0 – 10:02 PM
Phenomenal half from Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets look like they’re comfortably in their offensive rhythm once again.
Jokic: 8-11-7 on 3/5 shooting
Murray: 22-3-6 on 8/14 shooting – 10:02 PM
Clint Capela just tried to flop a charge on Joker, and Joker made him pay. Underhand layup and-1. – 9:57 PM
Part of the trickle down from not having Trae is that Hawks are deeper into the bench in the non-Jokic minutes, and they are losing those. – 9:40 PM
Such an interesting lineup with Joker, Jamal, Bruce, CB and Vlatko. Can easily switch 2-4 (and probably 1-4). – 9:28 PM
Nuggets and Hawks both start the game getting exactly what they want offensively. Jokic already has 2 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists in 8 minutes.
Porter is up to 9 points, Murray has 7. – 9:25 PM
Michael Porter Jr. with a steal before Nikola Jokic finds Aaron Gordon for a dunk. Nuggets up 5-2 early. – 9:13 PM
Nuggets take on the Atlanta Hawks.
Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon are in and in the starting lineup as well. pic.twitter.com/wX7MHxvAvN – 8:52 PM
Nuggets starters vs. Hawks:
Michael Porter Jr.
Nikola Jokic – 8:36 PM
Nikola Jokic, Aaron Gordon, Bones Hyland are all available tonight vs. Hawks. – 8:19 PM
Nuggets announce Nikola Jokic, Aaron Gordon and Bones Hyland are all available for tonight’s game. – 8:18 PM
Nikola Jokic, Aaron Gordon and Bones Hyland are all available tonight, #Nuggets say. – 8:18 PM
Michael Malone says Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon are trending toward probable tonight. – 7:17 PM
Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon are likely to play tonight, per Michael Malone. – 7:17 PM
Michael Malone says Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon are “more probable than anything” for tonight’s game against Atlanta. – 7:17 PM
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