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Michael Malone On Winning Game 3 In San Antonio: 'We're Living In The Present'

Apr 21, 2019 4:15 AM

Michael Malone said the Denver Nuggets were living in the moment after winning their first game in San Antonio since 2012. The Nuggets' 117-103 win tied the series at 2.

"I saw a confidence. I saw a young team that was not thinking about 2012. Because if you think about the last seven years that's going to overwhelm you. We're living in the present. We're living today," said Malone.

Malone emphasized the importance of physicality before the game. Gregg Popovich said the Spurs failed to respond.

"Overall, the Nuggets competed, and we did not. Their physicality was obvious from the get-go. We knew that was gonna happen, and we did not respond. So it was a very disappointing loss, 'cause I think the Nuggets played harder and smarter than we did," Popovich.

DeMar DeRozan was ejected in the 4th quarter after throwing a ball at official Scott Foster.

"Frustration. I thought it was a bad call. Combination of both," said DeRozan on his ejection. 

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Michael Malone: Nuggets Need To 'Send A Message' With Hard Fouls In Game 4

Apr 19, 2019 8:25 PM

Michael Malone said he wants to see Jamal Murray respond to Derrick White's performance in game 4 of their series against the San Antonio Spurs. 

White finished with a career-high 36 points in the Spurs' game 3 win.

"I'm hoping that [Murray] kind of has the same reaction Derrick White had. Derrick White was a recipient of Jamal Murray's great play in the fourth quarter of Game 2 and he came out in Game 3 highly motivated and in attack mode. And we got to get Jamal playing at a higher level. In 12 quarters, Jamal has impacted the game at a high level in one of those. And Derrick White right now is at 23 points per game, 69 percent from the field [for the series]. Jamal has got to take that personally and I expect that to happen tomorrow afternoon," said Malone.

Malone added that Nuggets need to be more physical in making the Spurs uncomfortable. 

"You have to be willing to [deliver] a hard foul sometimes because when a guy gets that comfortable, it was 36 points, [24] was in our paint, at some point this becomes ridiculous. It's on our guards because he didn't feel us. It's on our bigs. It's on whoever is near the basket, send a message, put him on the foul line, make him earn it. I'm not saying play dirty, but in the playoffs, it's got to be physical basketball and you got to make teams earn everything and it was way too easy for them."

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Jamal Murray Scores 21 Points In 4th Quarter To Even Series

Apr 17, 2019 2:05 AM

Jamal Murray scored 21 out of his 24 points in the 4th quarter as the Denver Nuggets evened their series against the San Antonio Spurs.

Murray, who shot just 8-23 from the field in game 1, missed his first 8 shots in game 2. The Nuggets trailed by as much as 19 points in the 3rd quarter before Murray's comeback.

Michael Malone said he believed in Murray despite his early playoff struggles.

"I was going with him. He needs this. This is so important for all of our guys, but especially Jamal. You know, a young player, third year. Even though he was out there struggling, he was trying to play the right way. I didn't foresee the fourth quarter he was going to have, but I knew in my heart he needed to get these minutes. I needed to show him I believed in him. That's powerful. If I pull him -- 'Does coach really believe in me? Does he have my back.' So I had to stay with Jamal make or miss, because he's our guy, and I care about him. He came through in a big way, and never once did I think about pulling him from the lineup," said Malone.

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Jamal Murray After Missing Late-Game Jumper: 'I'll Bounce Back'

Apr 14, 2019 1:53 PM

Jamal Murray worked on his jumper while teammates showered and addressed the media following a 8-24 performance in the Denver Nuggets' 101-96 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Murray missed an open jumper with 13 seconds left in the game that would have put the Nuggets in the lead.

“I took some shots on every shot I missed, especially that one I missed, the open one at the end of the game. I was just shooting. I was frustrated...I’ll bounce back. My teammates have confidence in me. Coach has confidence in me. It’s up to me now," said Murray.

Nikola Jokic, who finished with a triple-double, said Murray made the right decision in taking the shot.

“He was wide open, I think it’s a great shot for us. He didn’t make it. I’m good with that. At least he was wide open. It was uncontested. We’re good. We’re going to live with that," said Jokic.

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Tags: Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Nuggets To Rest Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray Against Blazers

Apr 7, 2019 12:19 PM

The Denver Nuggets plan to rest Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic, and Jamal Murray for Sunday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Nuggets clinched their division and home-court in the first round with a win over the Blazers on Friday.

The Blazers have a 1-game lead over the Jazz for home-court in the first round of the playoffs. 

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Tags: Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Wizards Looking At Nuggets' Tim Connelly To Replace Ernie Grunfeld

Apr 2, 2019 9:35 PM

The Washington Wizards are looking to hire Tim Connelly from the Denver Nuggets to replace Ernie Grunfeld as the president of basketball operations.

Connelly, who began his career as an intern for the Wizards, has impressed with his work in building the Nuggets.

Connelly signed a new contract extension with the Nuggets just two months ago.

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Nuggets Drop Isaiah Thomas From Rotation

Mar 13, 2019 7:57 AM

The Denver Nuggets have shortened their rotation with Isaiah Thomas being dropped.

Thomas has played in only nine games since his return from hip surgery. Thomas signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the expectation he would backup Jamal Murray, but the emergence of Monte Morris made that difficult.

Michael Malone pulled Thomas aside before Tuesday's game to inform him of the decision.

“You definitely talk to him, and I will keep that conversation between myself and IT,” Malone said. “Not an easy conversation, but that’s my job. It’s never about Isaiah or any individual. It’s about what’s best for our team. I made the decision to shorten the rotation, only play eight guys in the first quarter, and I’m going to continue to do that for the time being. Sixteen games to go, I’m trying to find a rhythm and a rotation that I feel like will give us the best chance to win now and into the playoffs.”

Malone praised Thomas’ professionalism in handling his removal from the rotation. 

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Nuggets Sign Tim Connelly To Contract Extension

Feb 15, 2019 6:32 PM

The Denver Nuggets have signed Tim Connelly to a contract extension.

Connelly's deal would have expired at the end of the current season. Connelly and Josh Kroenke had been in talks in recent weeks.

Connelly joined the Nuggets as GM in 2013, after leaving the New Orleans Pelicans where he had been an assistant GM.

Connelly also worked previously for the Washington Wizards.


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Michael Malone Says Isaiah Thomas 'Having A Profound Impact' On Young Players

Feb 12, 2019 1:37 AM

Michael Malone praised Isaiah Thomas' impact and leadership on the Denver Nuggets despite having not played a game this season.

“Even while he’s not playing, he’s still having a profound impact on our young players. His voice, his leadership in huddles during games in practices and in the locker room. We have a relatively quiet group, and one thing I think everybody knows that’s been around Isaiah is that he’s not quiet and that’s a good thing. That’s a good thing for our team. He brings an energy and a voice and a leadership that we sorely miss," said Malone.

Thomas has struck up a close relationship with Monte Morris.

“His leadership alone helps us. We probably wouldn’t be this high in the West if he wasn’t in our locker room giving us tips on guys he played and just knowing how to pull through. I look up to him a lot, not just because he plays my position, but because of what he’s been through and everything,” said Morris.

Thomas is close to making his return for the Nuggets following hip surgery.

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Isaiah Thomas May Make Return To Nuggets Lineup On Monday

Feb 9, 2019 1:15 AM

Isaiah Thomas is close to making his return to the Denver Nuggets lineup, which could take place as early as Monday.

The 30-year-old was reportedly assigned to a G League stint to get further practice time, but Thomas will remain with the Nuggets for now.

Thomas, who has been out this entire season due after hip surgery, has yet to participate in 5-on-5 practice. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic Named NBA Players Of The Week
Nikola Jokic averaged 22.0 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists as the Nuggets went 4-0.

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Michael Malone To Coach Team LeBron In All-Star Game
The Nuggets clinched the best record in the Western Conference ahead of the break.

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Mike Malone: Nuggets 'Not Scared Of Anybody', Ready For Rockets In Playoffs
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Nikola Jokic Suspended 1 Game, Mason Plumlee And Derrick Favors Fined
Jokic will miss Friday's game against the Suns.

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Isaiah Thomas Aims To Make Nuggets Debut Before All-Star Break
Thomas, who signed a 1-year deal with the Nuggets, could return as early as February 11th.

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Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid Named NBA Players Of The Week
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to a perfect 3-0 record by averaging 28.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists.

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Nuggets Waive Nick Young
Nick Young was on the Nuggets' roster using the injury hardship exception.

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Nick Nurse Fined $15,000 For Criticism Of Refs
Nick Nurse's comments came after a loss by the Raptors against the Nuggets.

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Brandon Goodwin Re-Signs With Nuggets On Two-Way Contract
Goodwin was let go by the Nuggets last week after the team signed Nick Young.

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Nuggets Sign Nick Young, Waive Brandon Goodwin
Nick Young has remained unsigned after spending last season with the Warriors.

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Gary Harris Out 3-4 Weeks With Right Hip Injury
Gary Harris suffered the injury in last Monday's win over the Raptors.

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Paul Millsap Suffers Broken Toe
Paul Millsap played in just 38 games last season.

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Gary Harris Injures Groin, Set For MRI
Gary Harris is averaging 17.3 points in 33 minutes per game this season.

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Kawhi Leonard, Paul Millsap Named NBA Players Of The Week
Paul Millsap averaged 21.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as the Nuggets went 2-0.

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Nuggets Sign Brandon Goodwin Using Injury Hardship Exception
Brandon Goodwin has played in nine games with the Memphis Hustle this season, averaging 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.67 steals in 33.7 minutes per game.

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Nuggets Hire Sue Bird As Basketball Operation Associate
Sue Bird recently wrapped up her 16th season in the WNBA.

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Nikola Jokic Fined $25,000 For Derogatory Language In Interview
Nikola Jokic was discussing Wendell Carter Jr. to the media.

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Will Barton Out 5-6 Weeks With Adductor Injury
Will Barton was carted off the floor during Saturday's game.

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Nikola Jokic, Kemba Walker Named NBA Players Of The Week
Nikola Jokic averaged 26.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.67 steals and 1.00 blocks while helping the Nuggets start the season 3-0.

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