Michael Malone on Nuggets’ Game 7 loss: “Did I run our players into the ground? I’m sure that’s definitely part of it”
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by Bennett Durando
1d ago
The way this ended will stick with the Nuggets for much longer than one offseason. It’ll be remembered as one of the more painful what-if moments in Denver sports history. Whether the Nuggets would have repeated as champions will never be answered. It’s easy to conflate one climactic failure with the full body of work. The temptation when dissecting a Game 7 with implications as dramatic as Denver’s loss to Minnesota last week is for media and fans to diagnose what went wrong as having been an inescapable problem for the entire season. At best, that’s a one-dimensional method of searching for ..read more
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Nuggets 2024 offseason preview: What’s next for Denver roster after playoff disappointment?
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by Bennett Durando
2d ago
The 2024 offseason will either be a showcase of the Nuggets’ patience, or their reaction time. It’s up to general manager Calvin Booth to determine which philosophy is the way forward after Denver’s NBA title defense ended abruptly and disappointingly in the second round of the playoffs. Were the Nuggets good enough to repeat if they just hadn’t blown that 20-point lead in Game 7? Or was the series loss to Minnesota a broader revelation about the championship viability of their roster as currently constructed? The 2024 offseason features another late first-round draft pick, a critical player o ..read more
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Nuggets GM Calvin Booth on 2024 offseason: “We can use a little bit more talent”
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by Bennett Durando
2d ago
As a longer-than-expected offseason tips off for the Denver Nuggets, team officials want to be sure they separate from what coach Michael Malone calls “the emotional reaction to losing” before any major decisions are made. “I think you always want to take time to let everything sink in and go back and take a quality look at everything that happened during the season,” general manager Calvin Booth said, “and then make decisions from that point.” As those reflections begin, Booth, Malone and team president Josh Kroenke addressed several topics during a 34-minute news conference Thursday. Chief a ..read more
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Nuggets Journal: About Michael Malone’s postgame response to my Game 7 questions
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by Bennett Durando
3d ago
Look, I’ll be the first to admit I’ve asked my fair share of stupid-(expletive) questions. No athlete is immune to making a stupid-(expletive) play during a game. No coach is impervious to the occasional stupid-(expletive) strategic decision. I’d be remiss not to acknowledge that part of my job is to ask them about those stupid-(expletive) moments, the moments that make us human and that make sports, well, sports. And so it would be downright oblivious of me to subsequently claim the reporter who’s responsible for prying into those mistakes is somehow incapable of making their own. The questio ..read more
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Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic makes All-NBA first team 2024; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Aaron Gordon receive All-Defense votes
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by Bennett Durando
3d ago
On the heels of receiving his third career league MVP trophy, Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was unsurprisingly named First Team All-NBA for the 2023-24 season on Wednesday. Jokic has received All-NBA honors in six consecutive years, including four first-team appearances. He was on the second team last season despite finishing second in MVP voting — making him the last in a long tradition of awkward awards contradictions before the league’s new collective bargaining agreement established positionless All-NBA ballots. This is the first year that zero or multiple centers can appear on the First Tea ..read more
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Nuggets Podcast: Denver collapses in Game 7 vs. Timberwolves, Michael Malone blows up and what’s next for Denver
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by Matt Schubert, Bennett Durando, AAron Ontiveroz
5d ago
In the latest edition of the Nuggets Ink podcast, beat writer Bennett Durando and sports editor Matt Schubert reconvene after the Minnesota Timberwolves eliminated Denver in a stunning Game 7 comeback. Among the topics discussed: Where did things go wrong for the Nuggets in the second half of Game 7? What could coach Michael Malone have done differently to stem the tide as Minnesota rallied from 20 points down to advance? How much of the blame for what happened Sunday should be heaped upon the shoulders of superstars Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray? What about the supporting players around the ..read more
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Michael Porter Jr. blames himself for Nuggets’ playoff loss to Timberwolves: “This was a terrible series”
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by Bennett Durando
5d ago
In the NBA arguably more than any other American sports league, the playoffs have a tendency to consume any relevant regular-season context about a team or an individual. That reality has worked to Jamal Murray’s advantage over the last five years of Nuggets runs. It’s working to Michael Porter Jr.’s disadvantage this time. Porter chose to wear the blame Sunday night for Denver’s early exit from the playoffs after Game 7 against the Timberwolves. He averaged 10.7 points on 37.1% shooting from the field in the second-round series, and he made only 10 of his 35 shot attempts across the last four ..read more
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Nuggets 3-pointers: From up 20 to knocked out, a stunning fall for defending-champion Denver in Game 7 loss to Timberwolves
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by Parker Gabriel
6d ago
From celebration to cataclysmic ouster. You could almost feel the afterparty warming up. The Nuggets came out of the halftime locker room up 15 and promptly pushed their lead to 20. You could see Luka Doncic and Dallas preparing to fly northwest for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Then it all came crashing down. The defending champs looked like they’d finally vanquished this pesky, young Timberwolves team. Instead of a knockout blow, though, Michael Malone’s team got jumped. Minnesota outscored Denver 32-9 over a 12-minute span and in the process turned a 20-point hole into a lead. Mo ..read more
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Nuggets blow 20-point lead in season-ending Game 7 loss to Minnesota Timberwolves
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by Bennett Durando
6d ago
Nikola Jokic’s expression was either vacant or vengeful, defeated or determined. Staring at the basketball court but maybe beyond it, too, he stood alone on the Target Center baseline and watched the fourth quarter of a historic clobbering without taking his seat on the bench. Was he antsy to jump on the team plane back to Denver to play Game 7 immediately? Or resigned to an early flight home to Serbia? It was a mystery for three days. Staring their own mortality in the face for the first time in two years, the Nuggets had no choice but to play Jokic for almost every second Sunday night at Bal ..read more
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Nuggets vs. Timberwolves: Live updates and highlights from Game 7
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by Matt Schubert
6d ago
The Western Conference semifinals between the Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves is down to this: Game 7 inside Ball Arena. Stick here for live updates and analysis as the two teams battle for a spot in the conference finals. Live updates Going for 3 (5 p.m.): Welcome to the eighth Game 7 in Nuggets franchise history, and first since the NBA bubble in 2020. Denver famously had a pair of Game 7 wins over Utah and the L.A. Clippers in the Orlando bubble, coming back from 3-1 deficits twice en route to a conference finals appearance. As Bennett Durando noted this morning, several of t ..read more
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