Mike Malone Rumors
Vinny Benedetto: Austin Rivers on being a part of this Nuggets team and celebrating Malone’s 300th win tonight: “Everybody f***s with Mike, like, genuinely.” He thought about omitting the curse, but eventually went with it.
Katy Winge: Coach Malone says him & Nikola Jokic have been talking about potentially resting him. Malone: “he’s a tough cookie man. He doesn’t want to take a night off.” Malone said Jokic has a lot of pride in where he’s from. Malone said Jokic says Serbian guys don’t sit out.
After Nikola Jokic scored 43 of Denver’s 99 points in what ultimately was a 112-99 loss to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden, Nuggets coach Mike Malone said Jokic’s teammates need to do more to support their superstar center. “It’s not running out of gas,” Malone said, referring to Jokic scoring just four of those 43 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. “He needs help. … We’re playing a back-to-back [Wednesday], and every night Nikola goes out there and literally puts this team on his back. He just needs some guys to step up and help him.”