The Denver Nuggets play against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center
The Denver Nuggets are spending $4,402,534 per win while the Minnesota Timberwolves are spending $5,161,268 per win
Game Time: 7:00 PM EST on Sunday February 5, 2023
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Nikola Jokic this season:
⛏️ 24.8 PPG
⛏️ 11.3 RPG
⛏️ 10.1 APG
He’s currently leading the NBA in total assists (465). pic.twitter.com/GKi4gMcWmF – 11:16 AM
On a night when a bunch of regulars sat, the Nuggets still didn’t play Bones Hyland.
I feel like he’s 100% gone before Thursday. I just have no idea where to. – 10:41 AM
Teams with a top 10 offense and defense since December 1:
Thunder pic.twitter.com/1VUE57uNHl – 10:41 AM
Anthony Edwards this season:
All career highs. pic.twitter.com/lXpAHFhYDT – 9:51 AM
Rudy was a FORCE last night. 💪
16 PTS / 8 REB / 1 AST / 1 BLK pic.twitter.com/QvGDZfsqoF – 9:39 AM
🥶 double-double DLo 🥶
18 PTS / 1 REB / 10 AST / 1 STL pic.twitter.com/PYBzumyXOG – 9:08 AM
The @Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards appeared in his 200th NBA game last night.
Edwards, Luka Doncic, and Damian Lillard are the only players in NBA history to score at least 4,000 points with 500 3P made through the first 200 games of their career.
More: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes… – 9:01 AM
Headed to Denver this morning, so no pod first thing this morning.
But I will be recording with the @DNVR_Nuggets crew this afternoon. Will have that up late afternoon. – 8:46 AM
Imagine waking up and thinking that your answer to helping to defend Nikola Jokic in the postseason… is adding Mason Plumlee – 7:28 AM
The Sixers bench heavy approach got carved up by Thibs, and Knicks.
Harrell – Niang – Milton – Thybulle – Maxey: -10, in 2 min.
Tucker -Harrell – Niang – Milton – Maxey: -4 in 1 min
Niang -Milton – Thybulle – Maxey – Reed: -4 in 3 min – 12:25 AM
LIVE in three minutes!
Talking Nuggets L, Bones DNP, Kyrie trade, and more:
youtube.com/watch?v=zoQ64X… – 11:56 PM
😴 @slumberland pic.twitter.com/HxUWL68IVm – 10:47 PM
Chris Finch on why Kyle Anderson didn’t play in the second half tonight:
“Little bit of the back soreness and kind of just taking a cautious approach when we didn’t really need him in the game.”
So doesn’t sound like a real aggravation or anything. – 10:39 PM
Jordan McLaughlin: “I definitely feel the love from the fans. I go out there and play hard, and that’s what a lot of people want to see most of the time — somebody playing hard and playing the right way. That’s what I look to do, and fans appreciate it and I appreciate them.” – 10:37 PM
Finch on having another PG available w/ the return of Jordan McLaughlin:
“That’s what the league is about, multiple ball handlers now. We all know how valuable J-Mac is for us. But yeah, it’s nice to have another guy out there who can control the game with the ball in his hands” – 10:37 PM
Tonight’s 30-point victory over Denver (128-98) marks the @Minnesota Timberwolves largest margin of victory this season and the largest margin of victory against the Nuggets in the 140-game all-time series. Minnesota’s previous largest margin of victory was 27 (2X, MR: 2/12/14, at MIN). pic.twitter.com/qIj07q1c8K – 10:34 PM
Jordan McLaughlin on missing 30 games:
“It took a toll on me. That was probably the longest I’ve been out ever in my career in season. … But I just persevered, continued to work on my rehab and get back to where I’m trying to get to.” – 10:29 PM
Jordan McLaughlin played two stints of six minutes in his return to the lineup tonight, due to a minutes restriction. McLaughlin said postgame that he should be back to his normal minutes right before the All-Star break. – 10:27 PM
Ant doin’ Ant things. 🔥
20 PTS / 4 REB / 3 AST / 1 STL pic.twitter.com/F6dwvgdM1K – 10:27 PM
Jaden McDaniels on how Jordan McLaughlin helps the other four players around him:
“He just talks everyone through it. He’s a great PG, real PG. Yeah, I feel like I play better when he’s on the court, for sure.” – 10:14 PM
Hear what Coach Malone has to say after the game 🎙 pic.twitter.com/qacCjiakOs – 10:11 PM
ended the home stand with a W.
Ant – 20 PTS / 4 REB / 3 AST / 1 STL
DLo – 18 PTS / 1 REB / 10 AST / 1 STL
Rudy – 16 PTS / 8 REB / 1 AST / 1 BLK
Jaylen – 16 PTS / 4 REB / 4 AST
Jaden – 14 PTS / 4 REB / 6 AST / 1 STL
Matt – 10 PTS / 1 AST pic.twitter.com/zkUPN6rafc – 9:59 PM
#RaisedByWolves pic.twitter.com/D0ZUimbXTH – 9:26 PM
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
Michael Malone laughing and joking with Ish Smith as the T-Wolves salt away a convincing win tells you all you need to know about how he felt about this game.
Minnesota snaps Denver’s three-game losing streak, and these teams will meet again, in Denver, on Tuesday. – 9:24 PM
MIN 128, DEN (sort of) 98
It feels like the first easy, uneventful win of the season for the Wolves.
Jaylen Nowell: 16 pts, +35
McDaniels: 14p, 6a, 4r
Russell: 18p, 10a
McLaughlin: 2p, 3a after 30-game absence – 9:24 PM
Jaylen Nowell’s season-long plus-minus entering tonight was -15. After tonight he’s gonna be +20-something. He’s a +38 as I type this. – 9:21 PM
In the Sixers last two losses they:
a) had an 18 point 2nd half lead before allowing a 42-20 run in under 10 min *at home to Orl.*
b) led by 20, and gave up a 17-0 run in under 4 min to NYK. Played some weak 2-3 zone to spark Fournier.
hideous – 9:21 PM
Rudy off the feed from 3️⃣. pic.twitter.com/op6zEybwuq – 9:12 PM
buckets gettin’ BUCKETS. 👏 pic.twitter.com/oQpvCsWNH3 – 9:06 PM
New career high in points for CB tonight
17 (and counting) PTS / 5 REB / 5 AST pic.twitter.com/HrrffylahR – 8:55 PM
At the end of the third quarter, the @Minnesota Timberwolves lead 94-71.
Edwards splashes home a three-pointer at the buzzer to give him 20 points on the night.
Russell has 16 points and a game-high 7 dimes. – 8:52 PM
With Steph Curry’s injury expected to keep him out past the All-Star Game, who should replace him?
Anthony Edwards or De’Aaron Fox? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/Y9T24Nhe52 – 8:45 PM
That’s a new career-high for Christian Braun. He’s got 16 points … and free throws coming. – 8:44 PM
I like this lineup better than the starting group.
Michael Porter Jr.
Zeke Nnaji – 8:44 PM
That’s a new career-high for Christian Braun. He’s got 16 pioints … and free throws coming. – 8:44 PM
Smooth bucket, CB 🤝
Tied his season high with 13 PTS with 5 min left in the 3rd pic.twitter.com/Twkbns7qGI – 8:39 PM
Vlatko Cancar the latest to be imprisoned in the Jaden McDaniels gulag – 8:39 PM
There are some good things to take away here, some things that I think Bruce Brown, Christian Braun, and Michael Porter Jr. are learning specifically.
Teams will get into them and be physical. Driving into traffic is hard, but they’re gonna have to do it in a playoff game. – 8:35 PM
I think he was referring to in-game shooting but I once heard MPJ say he shoots better with a defender in his face than when he’s wide-open. Probably less time to think about it. Regardless, dude can score with the smallest windows of space. – 8:30 PM
Rudy Gobert’s play tonight against Deandre Jordan looks very much like Eurobasket – 8:25 PM
Matt Ryan getting the start in the second half. No Kyle Anderson out there. – 8:23 PM
Kyle Anderson (Back Spasms) is OUT for the remainder of tonight’s game. – 8:23 PM
This game is gonna be a real kick in the ass to Denver’s net rating I think. – 8:15 PM
Nuggets fans, who are you more upset with on nights like tonight when the team rests their starters on a back-to-back? – 8:14 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
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they trail the T’Wolves 63-43:
-Christian Braun: 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block
-MPJ: 8 points on 4/10 FG, 0/5 3P, not getting comfortable shots
-2/13 from 3 as a team
Bench combined for 9 points and 7 turnovers in extensive minutes pic.twitter.com/8JH8JnCVWW – 8:11 PM
Nuggets offense was humming in the first half. pic.twitter.com/5EQcexW8sE – 8:10 PM
Quite the offensive first half for Denver…
O-rating: 84.3 (league-average is 114.5)
eFG%: 43.2% (league-average is 54.6%)
TOV%: 27.5% (league-average is 14.3%)
3P%: 16.7% (league-average is 36.4%)
Wolves 63, Nuggets 43 at half – 8:10 PM
Harden looks like he’s ready for the all star BREAK… (is doc taking Maxey off the bench literally tonight? Just 15 min?) – 8:10 PM
The Wolves won the six minutes Jordan McLaughlin was on the floor in the first half by 16 points. The other 18 minutes they won by 4. – 8:09 PM
AAAAND… WE HAVE L1FTOFF. 🚀 pic.twitter.com/84vONrJIy0 – 8:08 PM
Christian Braun was the Nuggets’ most impactful player that half: 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block. He made stuff happen. – 8:07 PM
Timberwolves have 25 points off turnvoers. They lead 63-43 at the half. – 8:07 PM
Loved watching DeAndre Jordan in his prime. Fun, explosive, a great dude. Hard to watch him out there right now being asked to play these extended minutes. – 8:06 PM
off the feed,
it’s NAZ REID. pic.twitter.com/9aDPgB9jYP – 8:04 PM
Joel has seemed so unnecessarily befuddled the last few games at times since Denver … – 8:02 PM
Denver’s little “let’s see what happens if we try to play an entire half without any orchestrated offense at all” experiment is certainly a unique gambit.
Don’t see that much in the modern NBA. Combining it with “Let’s give up 65 in a half” is just the cherry on top I guess. – 8:02 PM
As wild as this game is, Christian Braun in transition is still worth watching. – 8:01 PM
BIG MAN TWO-HANDED SLAM. 💪 pic.twitter.com/mHO23l8S9N – 8:00 PM
The Nuggets offensive rating thus far is .684
The least efficient offense the Wolves have faced in game this season is .944 (Lakers in October). – 7:57 PM
T-Wolves mopping the floor with the second-unit #Nuggets. Denver’s turned it over 10 times, while Minnesota has a 12-0 advantage in FB points & and 24-12 edge in the paint. A 49-26 deficit. – 7:54 PM
@PaniniAmerica Prizm Performance of the Game. pic.twitter.com/s3PmaI70V9 – 7:53 PM
If the Nuggets head out now there might still be time to grab a Juicy Lucy. – 7:52 PM
Jaylen Nowell with 9 points, 2 assists. Nice dish to McDaniels before that timeout. Playing well. – 7:52 PM
@PaniniAmerica Prizm Performance of the Game pic.twitter.com/Hip2m6UtPN – 7:50 PM
Ant recognizing Denver is seriously lacking offensive creators. He’s got a real good sense for the moment with that stuff. pic.twitter.com/qv6gn7y5G7 – 7:47 PM
There is 8:25 left in the 2nd quarter and the Nuggets have committed 9 turnovers for 17 points to Minnesota. Have to take better care of the ball, especially being down 4 starters. – 7:45 PM
Nuggets should probably run something, anything, a play, an action, for Michael Porter Jr. – 7:44 PM
The Jeff Green defense is becoming a thing. I know it’s a back-to-back, but this is reaching new levels. – 7:40 PM
Tough end to the first quarter for Denver. A three-pointer taken off the board for stepping out of bounds and three straight turnovers turning into paints.
If Bones isn’t playing with this group out there, you can assume he’s being preserved for a trade. – 7:37 PM
After missing the last 30 games with left calf strain, Jordan McLaughlin returns and connects on a layup with 1.0 seconds left in the quarter to give the @Minnesota Timberwolves a 32-21 lead after the first quarter.
Russell has 14 points to lead the Wolves. – 7:37 PM
#Nuggets end the first quarer with.. 7 turnovers. Puts a lot of pressure on Bruce/Ish when you remove two ball-handlers in Jamal and Bones. – 7:36 PM
A triumphant return for Jordan McLaughlin. A couple assists, draws an offensive foul and scores on a whirling layup at the end of the quarter. – 7:35 PM
MPJ with 8 so far in the first quarter 🪣 pic.twitter.com/7XfV7R2E90 – 7:32 PM
Peyton Watson’s in the rotation for Denver today. Without four starters, Bones Hyland isn’t. That tells you all you need to know about the Nuggets’ trade deadline plans. – 7:30 PM
All-bench lineup for the Nuggets:
Zeke Nnaji – 7:30 PM
Standing ovation for Jordan McLaughlin’s return. No cheering in the pressbox @JaceFrederick – 7:28 PM
Ish Smith, Zeke Nnaji and Jeff Green come in off the bench. No Bones, but he is in Minnesota on the bench. – 7:26 PM
I would like all these defenders the Nuggets are playing to maybe defend D’Lo. – 7:25 PM
Michael Porter Jr. with 8 of Denver’s first 15 points. He’s done all of his work from inside the arc too. Playing aggressive and looking to get to the rim. – 7:24 PM
that’s POWER in the paint. 💪 pic.twitter.com/NGWlTgG4IO – 7:24 PM
back-to-back treys for DLo. 👌 pic.twitter.com/42EaH9ZEIF – 7:22 PM
Really nice dish from Russell to Edwards. DLo with 8 pts and 2a early. – 7:21 PM
Not sure how much offensive creation #Nuggets starters are going to have, but they are competing. Couple really good contests from MPJ so far. – 7:18 PM
Minnesota’s out to an early 10-9 lead over The Last of Us Nuggets. Christian Braun with an early 3 for Denver. – 7:18 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
Everybody asking for the Call of Duty details with this Nuggets team…Murray delivers pic.twitter.com/FrufMQqnKC – 6:46 PM
Tonight’s @MayoClinic Status Report:
Karl-Anthony Towns (Right Calf Strain) is OUT vs. Denver. pic.twitter.com/sJuJknK9V8 – 6:44 PM
Starting lineups tonight…
Micheal Porter Jr.
Rudy Gobert – 6:38 PM
#Nuggets starters: Bruce Brown, CB, MPJ, Vlatko and DeAndre Jordan. – 6:31 PM
The Denver Nuggets will start:
DeAndre Jordan – 6:29 PM
Toughing out the back-to-back from the Pregame Lounge
Nuggets-Timberwolves coming up. Join us ⬇️
youtube.com/watch?v=MXl0Se… – 6:28 PM
Just in: Jack White is available for Denver tonight. He’s back from an adductor strain. Nuggets might need him. – 6:14 PM
Injury Update: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokić, and Jamal Murray are OUT for tonight’s game against the Timberwolves. Jack White is available.
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/ioGbu11QMV – 6:13 PM
Sounds like Kyle Anderson is preparing to play as well. Will find out officially in about 15 minutes. – 6:12 PM
Without Joker, Jamal, KCP or AG, MPJ might shoot 30 times tonight. Kinda, semi, sorta hoping it happens. – 6:00 PM
Coach Malone said he doesn’t know how the Nuggets are playing a game 22 hours after the game last night in Denver.
“I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s a joke.”
Said it’s a recipe for disaster.
Nuggets played at 7pmMT in Denver last night and tip-off tonight is 5pmMT in MN. – 5:37 PM
Nikola Jokić, Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon, and KCP did not make the trip to Minnesota and will not play tonight vs the Timberwolves. – 5:31 PM
The Frozen backpack CB has to have as part of his “rookie duties” hits different in Minnesota 😂 pic.twitter.com/54WayzXpB3 – 5:25 PM
The cold never bothered CB anyway ❄️
#ULTRADrip pic.twitter.com/TQ2xaJXBGH – 5:23 PM
Chris Finch said Jordan McLaughlin will make his return tonight. – 5:23 PM
I did a search for best 5 man lineups who have played at least 10 games. Found interesting things; 76ers had 2 bench/starters lineups in top 6. Denver, Warriors, Hawks top 3 starting groups. Lakers best lineup ranks 6th overall, and doesn’t include AD. Can someone ✅ if accurate? – 5:20 PM
Jordan McLaughlin out here for pregame warmups. All signs pointing to his return tonight. (Listed as questionable) pic.twitter.com/owuTf4ip2O – 5:04 PM
I would like to extend a polite invitation for Luka to consider the Nuggets in future trade demands if Dallas continues to make him walk over broken glass at work. Just putting it out there. – 4:35 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
The Nuggets are 4.5 games clear of the Grizzlies for the No. 1 seed in the West. They’re tied with the Celtics for the best record in the NBA.
Here’s how Denver has done it:
thednvr.com/5-stats-that-t… – 4:06 PM
Tonight’s Media Meal vs. Denver:
Schezwan Pepper Lo Mein
Togarashi Spiced Pork Belly
Sweet Soy Red Snapper with Ponzu Rice
Asian Vegetable Blend with Bok Choy, Green Beans, and Carrots
Hot and Sour Soup
Postgame pizza – 4:01 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
Final: Magic 119, Hornets 113.
At 22-32, Orlando has already matched its win total from last season.
The Magic go 3-1 on the road trip with victories over the 76ers, Timberwolves and Hornets. – 3:21 PM
great player on the court, but even better person off the court.
@Wendell Moore‘s grandfather is his biggest inspiration.
Inspired By presented by @Deluxe: pic.twitter.com/5lGiaq8pDY – 2:58 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
Whole lotta doubtful on the Nuggets injury report for tonight’s game in Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/YOarcSKwjJ – 1:52 PM
let’s get the job done.
🎟️ » https://t.co/paX4GKPdNZ pic.twitter.com/kTKJomHtco – 1:37 PM
I’m guessing Ja Morant will be elevated to start the All-Star Game. He was third in fan voting and overall in the guard voting.
Who replaces Stephen Curry will be interesting. De’Aaron Fox? Anthony Edwards? Someone else? – 1:36 PM
Tim Connelly discusses Russell, Reid, Towns and how he strategizes when to make trades at the deadline. Here’s my Sunday Q&A with the Timberwolves President: startribune.com/karl-anthony-t… – 1:13 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
let’s finish this home stand strong. 🐺
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Mo Bamba suspended 4 games, Austin Rivers 3 pic.twitter.com/lnB8lMKpKb – 10:40 AM
NUGGETS NATION, HOW WE FEELIN’ ON THIS FINE MORNING pic.twitter.com/2ktpZLxtyS – 10:30 AM
What are Nikola Jokic & Bogdan Bogdanovic talking about? 🇷🇸👀
📸 @Harrison Wind pic.twitter.com/C7Ut2lTTL9 – 10:05 AM
Nikola Jokic last night:
✅ 14 PTS
✅ 18 REB
✅ 10 AST
He’s recorded nine triple-doubles in his last 11 games, missing another by just one assist.
Jokic is averaging 23.5 PPG, 13.3 RPG, and 12.8 APG over that span, with 70/52/88 shooting splits.
More: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes… – 9:46 AM
Jamal Murray last night:
✅ 41 PTS
✅ 5 REB
✅ 7 AST
Murray has recorded at least 30p/5r/5a in each of his last three games.
That matches the longest such streak in @Denver Nuggets history shared by Nikola Jokic (four times) and Alex English.
Subscribe: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes… – 9:33 AM
Another DNP-CD for Bones Hyland.
Luke Kennard got another DNP-CD too.
Could be nothing, but when rotation guys suddenly aren’t playing during trade deadline week, I always take notice. – 9:27 AM
Jamal Murray’s per game numbers this season after his recent hot streak:
57.5 TS% – 4:22 AM