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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 9-5] [Yes, this is still going, apparently]

Postby Kenny on Sun May 10, 2015 10:07 pm

3 Game Summary


The Nuggets continued their winning streak, notching up victories against the Hornets and the Pelicans. However, the streak ended at five, with a loss over the Utah Jazz.

The feature game is against the Pelicans. The player in the photo is Chucky Newton, the Nuggets 2015 second round pick.


Nuggets Edge Persistent Pelicans


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The Nuggets were able to overcome a dominant rebounding effort by the Pelicans to win 90-87. The Pelicans had an advantage of +16 on the boards, thanks to Anthony Davis (12) and Ryan Anderson (9), who combined for almost 30 rebounds.

In Affalo's absence, Gary Harris stepped into the starting line up for the Nuggets and scored a team-high 19 points, along with 3 steals and 3 blocks on the defensive end. Chucky Newton was also able to contribute for the short-handed Nuggets. The second round pick registered 17 points and 4 rebounds off the bench. Shawn Marion was able to add 14 points, while Derrick Williams scored 10.

For the Pelicans, Anthony Davis was the catalyst for the interior domination they enjoyed. The Brow (19 points and 12 rebounds) and Ryan Anderson (15 points, 9 rebounds) both did a great job at keeping the Nuggets off the glass. Eric Gordon was also productive on the offensive end, with 18 points, while Jrue Holiday tallied 10 points and 7 assists. The Pelicans, however, were disappointing on the perimeter, as they were unable to contain Gary Harris.


NOP@DEN

DEN: 90
(Harris 19, Newton 17, Marion 14)
NOP: 87
(Davis 19, Gordon 18, Anderson 15)

Jordan Performer of the Game: Gary Harris 19 points (8-16 FG) 2 rebounds 3 assists 3 steals 3 blocks

Rebounds

DEN: Andersen, Nurkic 6
NOP: Davis 12

Assists

DEN: Lawson 14
NOP: Holiday 7


Last 3 Games

@CHA: 98-91 W
NOP: 90-87 W
UTA: 96-89 L

Overall: 11-6


Highlights


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Shawn Marion continued his vintage form against the Hornets. He was just one assist shy of a triple-double, with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists, as well as 1 steal and 2 blocks. Initially signed as just a rotation player to cover Faried's injury, Marion has created a pleasant dilemma for the Nuggets coaching staff.


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Mario Hezonja had a solid game in the loss against the Jazz. He had 11 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks from the bench.


Injuries

Kenneth Faried - Broken Ankle, 4-6 Weeks (Out)
Arron Afflalo - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
JaVale McGee - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Chris Andersen - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)


Next 5 Games

@POR
CLE
@NYK
@IND
@UTA
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 9-5] [Yes, this is still going, apparently]

Postby Kenny on Sun May 10, 2015 10:07 pm

November 2015 Summary


Another great start to the season has seen the Nuggets rise to the 3rd spot of the Western Conference. They're only just behind the Spurs and the Grizzlies for the top spot. This is all in spite of the fact that the Nuggets lost Faried early to a broken ankle. The Manimal is likely to be out until the new year.
While the Nuggets' rebounding rate suffered, the team seemed to adapt well without the All-Star. They signed Shawn Marion, who showed flashes of his prime in Phoenix with a few of his performances. The likes of Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Gary Harris and Wilson Chandler were also regular contributors to the Nuggets rise up the rankings.


Standings

East

Miami 12-4
Detroit 11-4
Cleveland 11-6
Washington 8-7
Toronto 9-8
Chicago 9-8
Atlanta 9-10
Orlando 7-8
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Boston 7-9
Philadelphia 6-8
Indiana 6-8
Indiana 7-10
Milwaukee 7-11
New York 6-12
Brooklyn 4-11
Charlotte 5-13

West

San Antonio 11-4
Memphis 12-5
Denver 11-6
LA Clippers 11-6
Houston 10-6
Oklahoma City 10-7
Golden State 8-8
New Orleans 8-9
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Utah 7-8
Sacramento 8-10
Dallas 8-10
Portland 7-9
LA Lakers 7-9
Phoenix 6-11
Minnesota 6-11


Monthly Awards

Player
East: [WAS] John Wall
West: [SAC] DeMarcus Cousins

Rookie
East: [CHA] Emmanuel Mudiay
West: [HOU] Theo Pinson


Trades

Atlanta received: Kevin Martin
Minnesota received: Mario Chalmers, Joel Freeland

Sacramento received: Wesley Johnson
LA Lakers received: Corey Brewer, 2017 2nd Round Pick

Miami received: 2016 1st Round Pick
Phoenix received: Mike Scott

Detroit received: KJ McDaniels, 2017 2nd Round Pick
Philadelpiha received: Jodie Meeks

Brooklyn received: Martell Webster
Washington received: Jarrett Jack, 2017 2nd Round Pick

Charlotte received: Raymond Felton
Minnesota received: Brian Roberts

LA Lakers received: Bismack Biyombo, 2017 2nd Round Pick
Charlotte received: Ian Mahinmi, Robert Sacre


Signinngs

Oklahoma City: Kevin Seraphin (1yr/4.98M)
New Orleans: Jordan Farmar (4yr/14.28M)
Sacramento: Kendrick Perkins (1yr/3.53M)
Memphis: Kendall Marshall (1yr/4.51M)
New Orleans: Rodney Stuckey (1yr/4.77M)
Denver: Shawn Marion (1yr/1.54M)
LA Lakers: Danny Green (1yr/4.27M)
Detroit: Elton Brand (1yr/2.41M)
Memphis: Omer Asik (1yr/4.26M)
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 9-5] [Yes, this is still going, apparently]

Postby Kenny on Sun May 10, 2015 10:34 pm

First All-Star Ballot: LeBron and KD Lead All Votes


The first All-Star ballots are back and much like last season, LeBron James (1,271,093) and Kevin Durant (1,221,178) have gained early momentum. Along with LeBron and KD, Carmelo Anthony (1,003,976) has also tallied over a million, while Kobe Bryant (948,135) has fallen just short of the mark.
Ty Lawson is the only Nuggets player to rank within the top 10 of either the frontcourt or backcourt ballots for the West. He's currently in 6th place among West guards.

Projected Starting Lineups

East: Kyle Lowry, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Al Horford
West: James Harden, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, DeMarcus Cousins


Backcourt

East

[TOR] Kyle Lowry 811,940
[CHI] Derrick Rose 800,423
[WAS] John Wall 787,053
[MIA] Dwyane Wade 694,356
[PHI] Rajon Rondo 683,768
[BKN] Deron Williams 663,133
[CLE] Kyrie Irving 651,369
[CHA] Lance Stephenson 557,380
[DET] Brandon Jennings 504,530
[TOR] DeMar DeRozan 504,319

West

[LAL] Kobe Bryant 948,135
[HOU] James Harden 838,695
[OKC] Russell Westbrook 758,963
[SAN] Tony Parker 696,469
[GSW] Stephen Curry 696,449
[DEN] Ty Lawson 649,060
[POR] Damian Lillard 586,768
[PHX] Eric Bledsoe 547,503
[GSW] Klay Thompson 512,559
[PHX] Isaiah Thomas 484,797


Frontcourt

East

[CLE] LeBron James 1,271,093
[NYK] Carmelo Anthony 1,003,976
[ATL] Al Horford 844,977
[IND] Paul George 737,465
[CLE] Kevin Love 680,815
[CHA] Al Jefferson 667,101
[MIA] Chris Bosh 665,846
[CHI] Joakim Noah 588,091
[DET] Andre Drummond 540,339
[DET] Josh Smith 536,008

West

[OKC] Kevin Durant 1,221,178
[SAC] DeMarcus Cousins 802,500
[LAC] Blake Griffin 792,687
[NOP] Anthony Davis 771,452
[HOU] Dwight Howard 656,814
[POR] LaMarcus Aldridge 612,960
[MEM] Zach Randolph 592,413
[SAN] Paul Millsap 581,700
[DAL] Dirk Nowitzki 557,324
[UTA] Gordon Hayward 529,278
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 11-6] [First All-Star voting results are back]

Postby Kenny on Tue May 12, 2015 10:49 pm

5 Game Summary


The Nuggets won four out of five games in this five game stretch. Their loss, however, was quite an emphatic one at the hands of the Indiana Pacers.

Whatever poor form the Nuggets had against the Pacers, they more than made up for it against the Jazz.


Nuggets Rout Jazz


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Mario Hezonja led a 107-79 blowout against the Jazz. The Nuggets rookie scored 22 points, which included 4-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Arron Afflalo was also effective against the Jazz, scoring 17, while Erick Green (16), JaVale McGee (12) and Ty Lawson (10 points, 10 assists) all registered double figures in scoring.

Dante Exum was the only efficient scorer for the Jazz, as he scored 18 points off 7-14 shooting. The rest of his Jazz teammates struggled. Alec Burks (6-15) added 13, while Gordon Hayward (10 off 3-10) and Ian Clark (9 off 4-12) were also erratic from the field.


DEN@UTA

DEN: 107
(Hezonja 22, Afflalo 17, Green 16)
UTA: 79
(Exum 18, Burks 13, Hayward 10)

Jordan Performer of the Game: Mario Hezonja 22 points (8-12 FG) 6 rebounds 6 assists 2 steals 4 blocks

Rebounds

DEN: Afflalo, Hezonja, McGee, Nurkic 6
UTA: Favors 11

Assists

DEN: Lawson 10
UTA: Burks 4


Last 5 Games

@POR: 98-85 W
CLE: 108-104 W
@NYK: 110-104 W
@IND: 115-92 L
@UTA: 107-79 W

Overall: 15-7


Highlights


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Jusuf Nurkic came awfully close to a triple-double against the Blazers in Portland. He had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks. Nurkic is quickly making JaVale McGee expendible.


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Nurkic wasn't the only one close to a triple-double in the past five games. Shawn Marion was just three rebounds short of his own triple-double. He tallied 18 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists.


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Arron Afflalo had a fine game against the Cavaliers. He scored 25 points.


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The Nuggets didn't have a good game against the Pacers, but Gary Harris did. Harris scored 19 off the bench in the loss.


Injuries

Kenneth Faried - Broken Ankle, 2-4 weeks (Out)
Shawn Marion - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)


Next 5 Games

@CHI
@CLE
HOU
MIL
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 11-6] [First All-Star voting results are back]

Postby Kenny on Tue May 12, 2015 10:50 pm

Has Kenneth Faried Played His Last Game For Denver?


Kenneth Faried hasn't come back from his ankle injury yet, and chances are, his comeback won't be in a Nuggets jersey.

Sources close to the situation have stated that the Nuggets front office are looking to trade Faried - along with shooting guard Arron Afflalo - for a starting power forward.

The Nuggets have made various inquiries, with players such as Al Horford and Serge Ibaka at the top of their list of preferred players.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 15-7] [First All-Star voting results are back]

Postby Kevin on Tue May 12, 2015 10:59 pm

Go for Ibaka and Morrow. (Y)
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 15-7] [First All-Star voting results are back]

Postby Kenny on Wed May 13, 2015 4:41 pm

Kevin wrote:Go for Ibaka and Morrow. (Y)


That would certainly be a nice combo for my squad. Plus, I do love spamming the three point line.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 15-7] [First All-Star voting results are back]

Postby Kenny on Wed May 13, 2015 4:45 pm

5 Game Summary


It wasn't the greatest five games for the Nuggets, thanks largely to Derrick Rose and the Rockets combo of James Harden and Trevor Ariza. Aside from losses to the Bulls and the Rockets, the Nuggets had comfortable wins against the Cavs and the Bucks.

The feature is against the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron haters rejoice!


Nuggets Smash Loveless Cavs


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The Denver Nuggets had eight players in double figures in their 136-120 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wilson Chandler led the way, with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks. Gary Harris and Derrick Williams both played well off the bench, scoring 18 each, while Ty Lawson (16 points, 12 assists) put up his obligatory double-double. Jusuf Nurkic (12), Mario Hezonja (12), Arron Afflalo (10) and JaVale McGee (10) all chipped in as well.

For the Cavaliers, LeBron James led a field of five double-digit scorers with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Dion Waiters had one of his better games offensively with 22 points, while Kyrie Irving added 19 points and 7 assists. Tristan Thompson (16 points, 14 rebounds) was impressive in Love's place, and Alex Kirk added 13.


DEN@CLE

DEN: 136
(Chandler 24, Harris 18, Williams 18)
CLE: 120
(James 24, Waiters 22, Irving 19)

Jordan Performer of the Game: Wilson Chandler 24 points (9-12 FG) 5 rebounds 7 assists 1 steal 3 blocks

Rebounds

DEN: Anderson 7
CLE: Thompson 14

Assists

DEN: Lawson 12
CLE: Irving, James 7


Last 5 Games

@CHI: 96-95 L
@CLE: 136-120 W
HOU: 121-93 L
MIL: 125-110 W
@HOU: 114-107 L

Overall: 17-10


Highlights


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Arron Afflalo led a late surge against the Houston Rockets. AAA ended up with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to get the win.

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With both Kenneth Faried and Shawn Marion injured, Wilson Chandler has been performing well at power forward. He was one of the Nuggets' better players in the loss against Chicago, with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks.


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Add another crazy double-double to Ty Lawson's list. Against the Bucks he had 12 points and 17 assists. Well he's at his best, Denver is a hard team to beat.


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Ty Lawson wasn't the only one racking up the assists in this five game stretch. In the loss against Houston, Erick Green had 11 points and 8 assists.


Injuries

Kenneth Faried - Broken Ankle, 1-2 weeks (Out)
Ty Lawson - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Wilson Chandler - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Gary Harris - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Erick Green - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)

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Next 6 Games

@SAN
@MEM
@OKC
BOS
NYK
TOR
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 15-7] [First All-Star voting results are back]

Postby Kenny on Wed May 13, 2015 4:49 pm

Around the League: Dirk Traded to Raptors


In one of the strangest trades in recent memory, the Dallas Mavericks have sent franchise stalwart Dirk Nowitzki - along with their 2017 second round pick - to the Toronto Raptors for Gerald Wallace and their 2016 first round pick.

It seemed like Dirk Nowitzki was set to retire with the Mavericks, but now he's going to team up with the likes of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas.

This bizarre nature of this trade is compounded by the rumour that the Mavs are discussing the possibility of an extension with Gerald Wallace.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 17-10] [Mavs Fail]

Postby Kenny on Thu May 14, 2015 5:11 pm

6 Game Summary


It was another relatively indifferent stretch for the Denver Nuggets, as they split the last six games of 2015. However, a win against the Spurs could certainly be seen as a step forward.

In two of the wins, the Nuggets revealed the NBA's next star in the making. The game against the Knicks is the feature.


Harris Receives MVP Chants in Nuggets Win

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For the second game in a row, Gary Harris scored over 30 points to lead the Nuggets to a 104-99 win against the Knicks.

As well as scoring 38 points, Gary Harris iced the game from the charity stripe, which earned him MVP chants from the Pepsi Center crowd. Along with Harris, Ty Lawson (14 points, 10 assists), Arron Afflalo (12) and JaVale McGee (10) all had meaningful contributions to the win.

Even though they were without Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks were able to stay in the game through Tim Hardaway Jr and Justise Winslow. Hardaway added a team high 23 points, while Winslow registered 18 points and 5 rebounds as the starting small forward. Jerryd Bayless (12), Greg Monroe (12 points, 8 rebounds) and D.J. Augustin (10 points, 12 assists) also played well for the Knicks.

Unfortunately for the Knicks, no one could contain Gary Harris.


NYK@DEN

DEN: 104
(Harris 38, Lawson 14, Afflalo 12)
NYK: 99 (Hardaway 23, Winslow 18, Bayless 12)

Jordan Performer of the Game: Gary Harris 38 points (13-23 FG) 5 rebounds 4 assists 1 block

Rebounds

DEN: Nurkic 10
NYK: Hawes, Monroe 8

Assists

DEN: Lawson 10
NYK: Augustin 12


Last 6 Games

@SAN: 99-97 W
@MEM: 103-96 L
@OKC: 110-97 L
BOS: 122-103 W
NYK: 104-99 W
TOR: 96-89 L

Overall: 20-13


Highlights


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Right before his 38 point effort in the feature, Gary Harris went one better against the Boston Celtics by scoring 39. With trade rumours surrounding Arron Afflalo, more games like this from Harris could go a long way to making a trade happen.


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Jusuf Nurkic was one of the Nuggets' best in the win against the Spurs. He had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks on the night.


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Even though JaVale McGee is currently at odds with Brian Shaw and the Nuggets over his role on the team, he showed that he's still very capable against the Thunder. When Jusuf Nurkic got hurt, McGee came in and ended up tallying 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks.


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Jerami Grant generally isn't known for his offensive prowess, but he had a pretty solid game in the loss against the Raptors. Grant ended up with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.


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The Nuggets didn't have a great night against the Grizzlies, but it could have been a lot worse if it weren't for Derrick Williams. In the fourth quarter, Williams hit two huge three pointers to bring the Nuggets within striking distance. He ended up with 14 points off the bench.


Injuries

Kenneth Faried - Broken Ankle, Day-to-day (Out)
Mario Hezonja - Back Spasms, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Jusuf Nurkic - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Chris Andersen - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)


Next 5 Games

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LAC
MIA
ATL
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 20-13] [Gary Harris!]

Postby Kenny on Fri May 15, 2015 12:51 am

December 2015 Summary


December was a mixed bag for the Denver Nuggets. It started off promising, as they won four of their first five, but after that, it was essentially a .500 month. However, the Nuggets managed to hold onto their third spot.
A real highlight of the month was the play of Denver's younger players. Mario Hezonja was in great form and was even in the starting lineup before back spasms forced him to take a step back. Hezonja's work before the injury was still enough to earn him the West Rookie of the Month award.
Then there was Gary Harris. He exploded towards the end of the month, with some great performances over the Celtics and Knicks. There's still a question mark over whether Harris can continue to carry the Nuggets offense, but if his play towards the end of December is anything to go by, Nuggets fans will have a lot to look forward to in 2016 and beyond.


Standings

East

Chicago 20-12
Detroit 19-13
Philadelphia 17-12
Miami 19-14
Orlando 17-14
Indiana 16-15
Toronto 16-16
Atlanta 17-18
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Washington 14-17
Boston 13-17
Charlotte 14-19
Cleveland 14-19
Milwaukee 13-20
Brooklyn 12-19
New York 12-22


West

Houston 23-11
Memphis 21-10
Denver 20-13
LA Clippers 19-13
San Antonio 19-13
Oklahoma City 19-14
LA Lakers 16-17
Minnesota 15-17
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Portland 15-17
Utah 14-16
Golden State 14-16
Sacramento 15-19
Dallas 14-19
Phoenix 13-19
New Orleans 11-20


Monthly Awards

Player
East: [CLE] LeBron James
West: [OKC] Kevin Durant

Rookie
East: [CHA] Emmanuel Mudiay
West: [DEN] Mario Hezonja


MVP Race

[HOU] James Harden
25.6ppg 5.4rpg 6.1apg

[OKC] Kevin Durant
24.6ppg 8.2rpg 5.5apg

[ATL] Al Horford
19.8ppg 12.7rpg 3.2apg

[LAC] Blake Griffin
23.8ppg 8.7rpg 3.9apg

[OKC] Russell Westbrook
19.5ppg 6.7apg 1.9spg


Trades

LA Clippers received: Kristaps Porzingis, Jae Crowder
Dallas received: Patty Mills, Reggie Bullock

San Antonio received: Jose Calderon, 2016 Second Round Pick
New York received: Spencer Hawes

Dallas received: Andre Dawkins, Udonis Haslem
Miami received: Devin Harris

Indiana received: Jared Dudley
Milwaukee received: Ben Gordon

Memphis received: Marco Belinelli
San Antonio received: Tayshaun Prince, Jeff Jacobsen

Toronto received: J.R. Smith, Jordan Mickey
Detroit received: Patrick Patterson, James Johnson

Boston received: Jordan Adams
Memphis received: Evan Turner

Chicago received: Paul Pierce
Minnesota received: Nikola Mirotic

Toronto received: Dirk Nowitzki, 2017 Second Round Pick
Dallas received: Gerald Wallace, 2016 First Round Pick

Chicago received: E'Twaun Moore
Dallas received: Al-Farouq Aminu
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 20-13] [Gary Harris!]

Postby Kenny on Fri May 15, 2015 12:52 am

Trade News: Nuggets Acquire Lee, Afflalo and Faried Head to Golden State


The Denver Nuggets have acquired David Lee in a trade that sent Kenneth Faried and Arron Afflalo to the Golden State Warriors.
It's reported that the incredible emergence of Gary Harris played a significant role in this trade, as Afflalo's role in the team started to decline.
Kenneth Faried, on the other hand, was mentioned in various trade rumours the last few seasons.

What the Nuggets get


While Denver doesn't get a defensive presence at the power forward spot, they do receive a skilled offensive player and a solid rebounder in David Lee.
The Nuggets also received the Warriors' first round pick in 2017.

What the Warriors get


Golden State have picked up two legitimate starters in Kenneth Faried and Arron Afflalo - however, Afflalo is likely to be the Warriors' sixth man with Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala starting at both of the wing spots.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 20-13] [Gary Harris! + Faried and Afflalo Traded For...]

Postby Martti. on Sun May 17, 2015 7:54 am

Wow, didn't see that coming. You did get the pick, but Faried and Afflalo for Lee? Questionable in my view.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 20-13] [Gary Harris! + Faried and Afflalo Traded For...]

Postby Kenny on Wed May 20, 2015 4:54 pm

Martti. wrote:Wow, didn't see that coming. You did get the pick, but Faried and Afflalo for Lee? Questionable in my view.


I admit that it is questionable on the surface, but it's a part of a bigger plan. With Lee, McGee and Birdman alone there's 30M in expiring contracts, which means I can throw max money at a free agent like Anthony Davis or Al Horford, and perhaps pair them with the likes of Joakim Noah or John Henson, who are also free agents. In the mean time, I have a solid offensive power forward who can rebound and I can give Gary Harris an audition as the team's main scorer.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 20-13] [Gary Harris! + Faried and Afflalo Traded For...]

Postby Kenny on Wed May 20, 2015 4:57 pm

5 Game Summary


In the first five game stretch sans Afflalo and Faried, the Nuggets have gone for a perfect 5 from 5. Each game was fairly close, with largest margin being an eleven point win over the Hawks.

The focus of this summary will be David Lee's first game for the Nuggets against the Orlando Magic.


Lee Impresses on Nuggets Debut

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David Lee made an immediate impact for the Nuggets in their 105-101 win over the Orlando Magic. It was a tail of two halves, as Orlando had a commanding 55-42 lead at the end of the first half. However, the Nuggets were dominant in the third and fourth quarters of the game, outscoring the Magic 63-46 in the second half.

The recently acquired Lee made a huge statement in his first game for the Nuggets, putting up a team high 31 points and 10 rebounds. He was well supported by Gary Harris, who scored 19 on the night. Ty Lawson (15 points, 11 assists) did a great job running the offense, while Wilson Chandler added 12 points of his own.

Victor Oladipo was the top scorer for the Magic, with 24 points. Former Nuggets guard Nate Robinson was one Orlando's best players. He registered 18 points and 8 assists on the night. Maurice Harkless added 14, while Aaron Gordon scored 12.


ORL@DEN

DEN: 105
(Lee 31, Harris 19, Lawson 15)
ORL: 101
(Oladipo 24, Robinson 18, Harkless 14)

Jordan Performer of the Game: David Lee 31 points (15-23 FG) 10 rebounds 2 assists 1 steal

Rebounds

DEN: Lee 10
ORL: Vucevic 17

Assists

DEN: Lawson 11
ORL: Robinson 8


Last 5 Games

ORL: 105-101 W
LAC: 114-104 W
MIA: 101-96 W
ATL: 106-95 W
@LAC: 103-95 W

Overall: 25-13


Highlights


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Gary Harris continued to make his push for the Most Improved award against the Los Angeles Clippers. He once again scored 39 points. Could this run land Harris an All-Star selection?


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David Lee has proven to be a great acquisition for the Nuggets so far. In his first five games, he's averaged 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds. Along with his impressive feature performance, Lee also played well against the Clippers, tallying 22 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks.


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With Gary Harris and David Lee getting all the headlines, Ty Lawson has benefitted from being an afterthought. Against the Heat, Lawson scored a season high 24 points to go with his 13 assists.


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The Nuggets are getting a lot of production out of their shooting guard rotation lately. Along with the Harris' breakout performances, Mario Hezonja has been a key contributor off the bench. Against the Hawks, Hezonja added 15 points.


Next 5 Games

LAL
@HOU
@NOP
PHX
@SAC
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 25-13] [David Lee's Debut]

Postby seaboh13 on Wed May 20, 2015 7:12 pm

Interesting trade, I see the bigger picture alright. Would be great to grab a big free agent. I have traded for Lee before. Cant believe Dirk is in Toronto now.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 25-13] [David Lee's Debut]

Postby Kenny on Fri May 22, 2015 4:46 pm

seaboh13 wrote:Interesting trade, I see the bigger picture alright. Would be great to grab a big free agent. I have traded for Lee before. Cant believe Dirk is in Toronto now.


Normally I wouldn't go for the big free agents when I'm controlling a smaller market team, but since I'm going to have the money, I figure I may as well. Anthony Davis would be a real coup.

Yeah - the Dirk trade was certainly bizarre.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 25-13] [David Lee's Debut]

Postby Kenny on Fri May 22, 2015 4:49 pm

5 Game Summary


Another 5 games, another 5 wins. The Nuggets win streak was extended to 10 with wins over the Lakers, Rockets, Pelicans, Suns and the Kings. 4 of the 5 wins were by 5 points or less, with the last game against the Kings the only win by double figures.

Even though there were two overtime wins - and the Pelicans game was a really good one - the Rockets win was a big deal, considering the Nuggets recent history against them.


Nuggets Escape Houston With OT Win


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The Nuggets managed to snatch a 128-124 win in overtime against the Houston Rockets - but it could have ended much differently.

Down by one within the last minute of play, the Nuggets turned the ball over, which led to a Rockets fastbreak. Gary Harris gave away a clear path foul, which handed the Rockets two free throws and possession. After hitting the two free throws, the Rockets inbounded the ball to Trevor Ariza, who was intentionally fouled. With the ability to ice the game from the stripe, Ariza missed both free throws, giving the Nuggets possession and the ability to tie the game off the timeout play. Ty Lawson accepted the invitation, as he hit the 3 to force it into overtime.

Lawson ended up with 18 points and 13 assists on the night - but it was Gary Harris once again proving to be the leader in scoring for Nuggets. Harris scored 30 points to add to his impressive scoring run over the last month. Wilson Chandler chipped in with 16 points, while David Lee (14 points, 13 rebounds) had a solid game. Mario Hezonja added 12.

Much like his opposite shooting guard, James Harden also led his team on the night. The Beard top scored with 34 points to go with 7 assists. Patrick Beverley was also a crucial contributor for the Rockets, adding 26 points and 7 assists. Trevor Ariza scored 12 points, but will mostly be remembered in this game for not closing it out. Dwight Howard fought hard in the paint, with 12 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks.

This was a huge win for the Nuggets - not just because it kept their winning streak alive, but because they were able to defeat a team that proved to be a difficult match up for them previously.


DEN@HOU
(OT)
DEN: 128
(Harris 30, Lawson 18, Chandler 16)
HOU: 124
(Harden 34, Beverley 26, Ariza 12)

Jordan Performer of the Game: Gary Harris 30 points (11-17 FG) 3 rebounds 4 assists 3 steals 2 blocks

Rebounds

DEN: Lee 13
HOU: Jones 16

Assists

DEN: Lawson 13
HOU: Beverley, Harden 7


Last 5 Games

LAL: 110-106 W
@HOU: 128-124 W (OT)
@NOP: 126-126 W (OT)
PHX: 94-89 W
@SAC: 113-101 W

Overall: 30-13


Highlights


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Think Gary Harris played well in the first OT game? Well, he scored 10 extra points against the Pelicans in the second. Harris had 40 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Harris has quickly made the starting shooting guard position his own.


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Ty Lawson is starting to become a part of the MVP conversation with his recent form. Against the Lakers, he had 26 points, 12 assists and 2 steals.


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Mario Hezonja continued his run as a Rookie of the Year favourite against the Kings. He had 19 points and 5 assists off the bench.


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One of the big stories within the franchise during this run has been JaVale McGee's discontent with his bench role. McGee's stand off with Nuggets management put him in the coach's doghouse, which gifted the Birdman more playing time. Chris Andersen contributed 12 points and 2 blocks against the Suns.


Injuries

David Lee - Back Spasms, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Wilson Chandler - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)


Next 5 Games

PHI
WAS
@BKN
@DET
@ORL
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 25-13] [David Lee's Debut]

Postby Kenny on Fri May 22, 2015 4:52 pm

Nuggets Sign O'Neal Amidst McGee Drama


Jermaine O'Neal recently signed a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets, adding to speculation of JaVale McGee's impending departure from the team.

After McGee became inactive, the Nuggets needed to bolster their centre rotation, which consisted of Jusuf Nurkic and Chris "Birdman" Andersen.

According to McGee's agent, the centre stated that Nuggets GM Kenny Young was trying to be the worst GM in response to Jusuf Nurkic taking his place in the starting line up.

With the signing of Jermaine O'Neal, the Nuggets front office could either trade or waive McGee.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 30-13] [10 Games! + Veteran signing]

Postby Kenny on Tue May 26, 2015 2:47 pm

6 Game Summary


The winning streak ended at twelve with a loss to the worst team in the entire league, the Brooklyn Nets. The Nuggets also lost the following game against the Pistons. However, the Nuggets were able to get back to their winning ways in the last two games against the Magic and the Bucks to make it a respectable 4-2 in the last six games.

The feature is the game against the Magic.


Nuggets Get Back On Track Against Magic


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The Nuggets got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 110-83 win over the Magic.

After taking a commanding lead early, the Nuggets were able to give their bench more playing time, which worked wonders for Erick Green. Green ended up being the Nuggets best player on the night, scoring 20 points off 8-12 shooting. Ty Lawson (17 points and 10 assists) had his usual double-double effort, but ended up being overshadowed by his backup. Gary Harris had one of his quieter nights, as he scored 16 points, while Mario Hezonja and David Lee both added 12 each. Wilson Chandler also managed to make an impact in the scoring column with 10 points.

In a game where the Nuggets had six players in double digits, the Magic struggled to find offensive production. Nate Robinson was their top scorer with 15 points, but he was one of just three players for the Magic who tallied in double figures. Victor Oladipo (13) and Tobias Harris (10) were the only other two.


DEN@ORL

DEN: 110
(Green 20, Lawson 17, G Harris 15)
ORL: 83
(Robinson 15, Oladipo 13, T Harris 10)

Jordan Performer of the Game: Erick Green 20 points (8-12 FG) 1 rebound 6 assists 3 steals 1 block

Rebounds

DEN: Nurkic, O'Neal 8
ORL: Ezeli 10

Assists

DEN: Lawson 10
ORL: Payton 7


Last 6 Games

PHI: 110-90 W
WAS: 102-98 W
@BKN: 106-99 L
@DET: 104-98 L
@ORL: 110-83 W
@MIL: 107-103 W

Overall: 34-15


Highlights


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It can't be a summary without at least one big performance by Gary Harris. This time it was against the Pistons. Harris scored 28 points.


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Derrick Williams put up some big performances in David Lee's absence. Against the Wizards, he had 21 points and 10 rebounds. He was also easily the best player on the Nuggets in their loss to the Nets, where he scored 27 points.


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Ty Lawson finished February strong, with 21 points, 11 assists and 3 steals against the Bucks.


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Mario Hezonja scored 20 in the loss against the Nets.


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In his first game for the Nuggets, Jermaine O'Neal had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks off the bench.


Injuries

Wilson Chandler - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Jermaine O'Neal - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)


Next 5 Games

MIN
SAC
DAL
MEM
LAC
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 34-15]

Postby Kenny on Tue May 26, 2015 9:11 pm

January 2016 Summary


What a month January was for the Denver Nuggets. They earned a five-game lead in the West over the Memphis Grizzlies thanks to a record of 14-2 to start the new year.

Even though Gary Harris and David Lee both had stellar months, Ty Lawson is receiving recognition as the Nuggets leader. He is currently 4th in the league's MVP race and is tipped to come off the bench for his second All-Star game.

Denver is currently the hottest team in the league right now and there are no signs that they're going to slow down any time soon.


Standings

East

Chicago 31-18
Miami 28-18
Toronto 27-21
Philadelphia 25-20
Indiana 25-23
Boston 24-24
Detroit 24-25
Cleveland 23-26
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Charlotte 22-25
Atlant 23-27
Washington 21-27
Orlando 20-28
Milwaukee 18-29
New York 18-30
Brooklyn 16-31


West

Denver 34-15
Memphis 29-19
Houston 28-20
San Antonio 27-20
LA Clippers 26-21
Minnesota 26-21
Golden State 24-21
Oklahoma City 25-22
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Utah 24-23
LA Lakers 24-24
Portland 22-26
Dallas 22-28
Sacramento 22-27
Phoenix 20-27
New Orleans 17-30


Monthly Awards

Player

East: [NYK] Greg Monroe
West: [HOU] James Harden

Rookie

East: [NYK] Justise Winslow
West: [POR] Stanley Johnson


MVP Race

[CLE] LeBron James
26.3ppg 7.1rpg 5.2apg

[HOU] James Harden
25.8ppg 5.3rpg 6.6apg

[TOR] Kyle Lowry
18ppg 6.8rpg 8.6apg

[DEN] Ty Lawson
14.5ppg 10apg 2.3spg

[OKC] Kevin Durant
24.8ppg 8.1rpg 5.8apg



Trades

Lakers received: Zoran Dragic, 2017 Second Round Pick
Suns received: Danny Green

Nuggets received: David Lee, 2017 First Round Pick
Warriors received: Kenneth Faried, Arron Afflalo

Grizzlies received: Andrea Bargnani, 2017 Second Round Pick
Knicks received: Courtney Lee

Hawks received: Quincy Pondexter, 2017 Second Round Pick
Grizzlies received: Thabo Sefolosha

Jazz received: Kyle Singler, Cartier Martin
Pistons received: Trevor Booker, 2017 Second Round Pick

Heat received: Jarnell Stokes
Grizzlies received: Josh McRoberts, 2016 Second Round Pick

Bulls received: Elton Brand, Tony Mitchell
Pistons received: Andray Blatche


Signings

Nuggets: Jermaine O'Neal 1yr/1.44M
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 34-15]

Postby Kenny on Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:36 pm

5 Game Summary


The Nuggets will go into the All-Star Weekend unbeaten in the month of February.


Nuggets Tame The Grizzlies, Increase Lead in West


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The Nuggets posted a 106-93 win against the Grizzlies in Memphis.

David Lee was the main man for the Nuggets, with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. He had great help by Wilson Chandler and Gary Harris, who both scored 19 points each, while Jermaine O'Neal contributed 18 off the bench. Ty Lawson (12 points, 9 assists) also played a meaningful role in the win.

The Grizzlies offense was dominated by Mike Conley. Conley added 29 points and 8 assists. Vince Carter scored 16 and Josh McRoberts (10 points, 10 rebounds) registered a double-double.


DEN@MEM

DEN: 106
(Lee 20, Chandler 19, Harris 19)
MEM: 93
(Conley 29, Carter 16, McRoberts 10)

Jordan Performer of the Game: David Lee 20 points (9-12 FG) 9 rebounds 1 assist 1 steal 3 blocks

Rebounds

DEN: Nurkic 10
MEM: McRoberts 10

Assists

DEN: Lawson 9
MEM: Conley 8


Last 5 Games

MIN: 111-103 W
SAC: 106-102 W
DAL: 99-82 W
MEM: 106-93 W
LAC: 133-115 W

Overall: 39-15


Highlights


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Gary Harris came awfully close to a 5x5 against the Clippers. He had 32 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks.


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David Lee continues to impress his new team, particularly against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lee had 31 points and 12 rebounds on the night.


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Wilson Chandler was 3 assists away from a triple-double against the Dallas Mavericks. He tallied 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.


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Jermaine O'Neal had another solid contribution off the bench against the Kings. He scored 15 points off a perfect 6-6 from the floor.


Injuries

David Lee - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Jerami Grant - Back Spasms, 1-2 Weeks (Hurt)


Next 4 Games

@MIN
NOP
HOU
OKC


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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 39-15]

Postby Kenny on Sat Jun 06, 2015 2:08 am

All-Star Bench

East

[CLE] Kyrie Irving (4th)
[WAS] Bradley Beal (1st)
[DET] Josh Smith (1st)
[NYK] Greg Monroe (1st)
[ATL] Al Horford (4th)
[BKN] Deron Williams (4th)
[PHI] Rajon Rondo (6th)

West

[OKC] Russell Westbrook (4th)
[HOU] James Harden (4th)
[DAL] Chandler Parsons (2nd)
[NOP] Anthony Davis (3rd)
[HOU] Dwight Howard (9th)
[UTA] Gordon Hayward (1st)
[DEN] Ty Lawson (2nd)


Rookie Challenge

Stars

[BOS] Marcus Smart
[HOU] Theo Pinson
[MIL] Jabari Parker
[NYK] Justise Winslow
[DEN] Mario Hezonja

Bench

[LAL] Andrew Harrison
[MIA] Caris LeVert
[IND] Brenden Dawson
[ORL] Aaron Gordon
[BKN] Jahlil Okafor

Elites

[ATL] Anthony Barber
[UTA] Dante Exum
[POR] Stanley Johnson
[MIN] Andrew Wiggins
[SAC] Brice Johnson

Bench

[MIA] Shabazz Napier
[DEN] Gary Harris
[SAN] Kyle Anderson
[LAL] Julius Randle
[PHI] Joel Embiid


Dunk Contest

[TOR] Terrence Ross
[CHI] Wayne Selden
[CLE] Alex Poythress
[MEM] Kevon Looney


3 Point Contest

[GSW] Stephen Curry
[DEN] Gary Harris
[DAL] Chandler Parsons
[MEM] Vince Carter
[NYK] Tim Hardaway Jr
[BKN] Randy Foye
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 39-15 + ASW Participants]

Postby Kenny on Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:59 pm

All-Star Weekend: Part 1


Exum's Elites Blowout Stars

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The Elites easily beat the Stars in the Rookie Challenge 113-86.

For the second year in a row, Gary Harris led all scoring in the Rookie Challenge with 27 points off 11-24 shooting. However, Dante Exum was judged as the MVP of the Rising Star Challenge. The Australian guard filled up the stat sheet with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 14 assists, 6 steals and a block. Kyle Anderson also added 16 points, while Andrew Wiggins (14), Stanley Johnson (12) and Julius Randle (11 points, 9 rebounds) also contributed to the win.

For the Stars, Caris LeVert was the top scorer with 19. Jahlil Okafor (14 points, 12 rebounds) was a strong inside presence, while Brenden Dawson (13) and Theo Pinson (12) had minor scoring contributions. Jabari Parker managed 11 points and 8 rebounds.


Elites Vs Stars

Elites: 113
(Harris 27, Anderson 15, Exum 15)
Stars: 86
(LeVert 19, Okafor 14, Dawson 13)

Rising Star Challenge MVP: [UTA] Dante Exum 15 points (6-11 FG) 4 rebounds 14 assists 6 steals 1 block

Rebounds

Elites: Embiid 13
Stars: Gordon 16

Assists

Elites: Exum 14
Stars: Harrison 7


Chandler Parsons Won the Three Point Shootout


Wayne Selden Won the Dunk Contest
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 39-15 + ASW Participants]

Postby Lamrock on Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:00 am

Glad to see you're still kicking ass! (Y)
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 39-15 + ASW Participants]

Postby Kenny on Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:27 pm

Lamrock wrote:Glad to see you're still kicking ass! (Y)


Thanks man. I think I basically have this team how I like it now - at least in the key roles.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 39-15 + ASW Participants]

Postby Kenny on Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:30 pm

All-Star Weekend: Part 2

Kobe and KD Dominate All-Star Game


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The West once were once again victorious over the East thanks to huge performances by Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.

Kobe scored a game high 38 points off 16-36 shooting, but it was Kevin Durant who won the All-Star Game MVP. He was just one block away from a 5x5, as he had 27 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists, 5 steals and 4 blocks. Along with Kobe and KD, Anthony Davis (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Dwight Howard (10 points, 18 rebounds) were strong in the paint.

Carmelo Anthony (23 points, 8 rebounds) and Paul George (21 points) were the top scorers for the East, while LeBron James (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Al Horford (11 points, 14 rebounds) each registered a double-double.


East Vs West

West: 119
(Bryant 38, Durant 27, Davis 16)
East: 111
(Anthony 23, George 21, James 19)

All-Star MVP: [OKC] Kevin Durant 27 points (10-25 FG) 9 rebounds 11 assists 5 steals 4 blocks

Rebounds

West: Howard 18
East: Horford 14

Assists

West: Durant 11
East: Irving 8
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 39-15 + ASW Participants]

Postby Kenny on Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:33 pm

Nuggets Part Ways With McGee


The Nuggets have waived JaVale McGee.

The decision to cut ties with the disgruntled centre has come after months of disagreements about McGee's role within the team. McGee became fed up with the organisation when Jusuf Nurkic was given the starting centre position.

With McGee waived, the Nuggets now have two roster spots remaining.


Nuggets Add Guard Depth Through Free Agency


Seth Curry and Jason Richardson couldn't be more different when it comes to their NBA playing experience, but they will team up in Denver. Both players signed a deal that will take them to the end of the season.

Curry has only played 2 games in the NBA prior to his signing, splitting his experience between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, a standout season with the Erie Bayhawks was enough for him to gain interest from several NBA teams.

As for Jason Richardson, the Nuggets will be the sixth stop in a career that has spanned over 15 years.

The Nuggets now have 15 players on their roster.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 39-15] [ASW + Free Agent Acquisitions]

Postby Kevin on Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:17 pm

Damn, I got excited when I saw the name Curry :lol: . Would be cool if you can develop him more as a shooter.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 39-15] [ASW + Free Agent Acquisitions]

Postby Kenny on Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:50 pm

Kevin wrote:Damn, I got excited when I saw the name Curry :lol: . Would be cool if you can develop him more as a shooter.


Yeah, I figured that might happen. If I'm honest, I pretty much signed him because of who his brother is. He's basically my Azubuike signing of this season :P
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 39-15] [ASW + Free Agent Acquisitions]

Postby Kenny on Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:54 pm

4 Game Summary


The Nuggets lost their game against the Timberwolves directly after the All-Star Weekend, but that was their only blemish for the month of February, as they won their last three games against the Pelicans, Rockets and Thunder.

For the feature, there's some final second heroics from a veteran against the Pelicans.


J-Rich Saves Nuggets On Debut


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The Nuggets came away with a 122-119 win against the Pelicans.

Gary Harris led the Nuggets once again with 30 points, but the big talking point of the game was the incredible 4th quarter from Jason Richardson. In his first game for the Nuggets, J-Rich scored 20 points, which included the game winning 3. Richardson hit 4-5 from beyond the arc in the 4th quarter to help the Nuggets overcome an 11-point deficit. The Nuggets also got good production from Mario Hezonja (16) and David Lee (16), while Ty Lawson put up another double-double with 15 points and 13 assists.

The Pelicans got a lot of points from their backcourt, with Jrue Holiday (31) nad Eric Gordon (22) combining for 53. But the Pelicans major advantage throughout the game came through Anthony Davis. Davis almost recorded a 20-20 with 19 points and 19 rebounds. The Brow also sent away 3 shots. Tyreke Evans (15 points 9 assists) also had a great impact for the Pelicans.


NOP@DEN

DEN: 122
(Harris 30, Richardson 20, Hezonja 16)
NOP: 119
(Holiday 31, Gordon 22, Davis 19)

Jordan Performer of the Game: Gary Harris 30 points (11-24 FG) 6 rebounds 5 assists 1 steal 1 block

Rebounds

DEN: Harris 6
NOP: Davis 19

Assists

DEN: Lawson 13
NOP: Evans, Holiday 9


Last 4 Games

@MIN: 112-107 L
NOP: 122-119 W
HOU: 124-110 W
OKC: 130-108 W

Overall: 42-16


Highlights


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Ty Lawson is now the holder of a franchise record. Against the Rockets, he was good for 27 assists, which eclipsed Fat Lever's previous record of 23.


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Gary Harris continues to push his claim for the NBA's Most Improved Player trophy. Against the Thunder, he had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 blocks. Harris currently leads the Nuggets in scoring with 18 points per game over the season.


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Erick Green is getting quite a reputation in Denver for being an impact player who can keep the Nuggets in the game. Against the Timberwolves, Green's 17 points and 8 assists gave the Nuggets a chance in the 4th. Unfortunately they were unable to capitalise.


Injuries

Jusuf Nurkic - Sprained Ankle, 2-4 weeks (Hurt)


Next 5 Games

@PHX
@LAL
DAL
@UTA
MEM
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 39-15] [ASW + Free Agent Acquisitions]

Postby Kenny on Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:06 pm

February 2016 Summary


The Nuggets had another fantastic month, dropping just one game after the All-Star Weekend. They are nine games clear of the next best team in the West, the Golden State Warriors. Ever since the David Lee trade, the Nuggets and the Warriors have been the hottest teams in the league. However, neither team can get complacent, as the Western Conference is stacked with teams that could potentially hold up the Larry O'Brien trophy at the end of the season.

The Nuggets will face quite a road schedule in March, with seven of their first ten fames to be played away from Denver. It will be a great chance to prove their championship credentials.


Standings

East

Chicago 37-22
Miami 36-22
Toronto 34-25
Philadelphia 31-25
Indiana 31-28
Boston 29-29
Cleveland 29-29
Milwaukee 28-31
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Washington 28-32
Detroit 27-33
Charlotte 25-31
Atlanta 26-34
Orlando 24-35
Brooklyn 21-37
New York 20-39


West

Denver 42-16
Golden State 33-23
San Antonio 34-24
Houston 33-26
Memphis 32-26
LA Clippers 31-26
Oklahoma City 32-27
Minnesota 30-28
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LA Lakers 29-30
Portland 28-30
Phoenix 26-31
Sacramento 27-33
Utah 26-32
Dallas 25-36
New Orleans 22-36


Monthly Awards

Player
East: [IND] Paul George
West: [LAL] Kobe Bryant

Rookie
East: [CHA] Emmanuel Mudiay
West: [LAC] Andrew Harrison


Trades

Toronto received: Shaun Livingston, 2017 Second Round Pick
Golden State received: Greivis Vasquez

Miami received: Lucas Nogueira
Toronto received: Justin Hamilton

Signings

DEN: Seth Curry 1yr/$2.05M
DEN: Jason Richardson 1yr/$1.34M
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 42-16] [J-Rich!]

Postby Kenny on Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:54 pm

5 Game Summary


The Nuggets offense was nothing short of incredible over the last five games. They managed to score 120+ in all five games, while only allowing 100+ in their game against the Suns.

Needless to say, there have been a lot of blowouts, but none bigger than the one against the Dallas Mavericks.


Nuggets Team Effort Overwhelms Mavericks

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The Nuggets did some major flexing in their astonishing 131-88 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Ten of Denver's twelve active players scored in double digits.

They Nuggets were initally led by Gary Harris and Wilson Chandler, who scored 15 points each. However, with the game quickly turning into a blowout, the Nuggets were able to give extended time to their players on the bench. Erick Green added 14 points, while Jermaine O'Neal scored 12. Five players for the Nuggets (Seth Curry, Derrick Williams, Mario Hezonja, Shawn Marion and Ty Lawson) scored 11 points, and seldom-used forward Jerami Grant added 10.

The Mavericks had very few answers for the Nuggets and their distribution of scoring was proof of that. Patty Mills was the top scorer with 17 points, but shot an inefficient 7-19 from the field. Mo Williams (13 points, 6 assists) and J.J. Barea (12) both had solid contributions from the back court, while Carl Landry (11 points, 8 rebounds) was the only front-court player to make any kind of impact on offense.

Despite the nature of the win, it wasn't all good news for the Denver Nuggets. In the third quarter, Derrick Williams fell to the floor after going for an offensive rebound. He was diagnosed with a severely sprained ankle and will be out until early-to-mid April.


DAL@DEN

DEN: 131
(Chandler 15, Harris 15, Green 14)
DAL: 88
(Mills 17, M Williams 13, Barea 12)

Jordan Performer of the Game: Gary Harris 15 points (6-10 FG) 1 rebound 5 assists 2 steals

Rebounds

DEN: O'Neal 10
DAL: Chandler, Landry, Parsons 8

Assists

DEN: Curry, Lawson 8
DAL: M Williams 6


Last 5 Games

@PHX: 122-117 W
@LAL: 122-93 W
DAL: 131-88 W
@UTA: 122-82 W
MEM: 121-97 W

Overall: 47-16


Highlights


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The Birdman was outstanding in the last two games for the Nuggets. With both Nurkic and O'Neal sitting out with ankle injuries, Andersen put up 10 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks against the Jazz. He followed that performance up with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks against the Grizzlies. Not bad for a guy who's retiring at the end of the season.


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Wilson Chandler was also great in the win against the Grizzlies. He had 31 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. He may an overlooked player on this roster, but he's certainly a valuable player on any given night.


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Jermaine O'Neal is continuing to revive his career with the Nuggets. O'Neal was one of the best players in the win over the Suns. He contributed 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks.


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He may not have the reputation of his older brother, but Seth Curry proved against the Lakers that he can get on a hot streak as well. Curry added 15 points and shot 3-3 from beyond the arc.


Injuries

Derrick Williams - Sprained Ankle, 2-4 weeks (Out)
Jusuf Nurkic - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Jermaine O'Neal - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)


Next 5 Games

IND
@TOR
@WAS
@MIA
@ATL
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 47-16]

Postby Lamrock on Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:59 am

Looks like you're going to break the win record set by the 2012-13 team! Hopefully you have more playoff success...
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 47-16]

Postby Kenny on Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:15 pm

Lamrock wrote:Looks like you're going to break the win record set by the 2012-13 team! Hopefully you have more playoff success...


Here's hoping. The Spurs are a little too close to the 8th seed for my liking, but I think my team is slightly better this year.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 47-16]

Postby Kenny on Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:17 pm

5 Game Summary


The Nuggets stumbled against two Eastern Conference teams, with losses to the Pacers and the Heat. But, as the Nuggets have proven all year, it's hard to keep a great team down.

The feature is the game against the Atlanta Hawks.


Nuggets Win 50th Game


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The Denver Nuggets picked up a 124-117 win against the Atlanta Hawks.

While the Nuggets only had four people in double figures - compared to Atlanta's six - three of them scored 20 or more. Gary Harris was the top scorer for Denver with 23 points. David Lee had a perfect game from the field, scoring 22 points off 10-10. Jason Richardson added 21, while Ty Lawson (19) narrowly missed becoming the 4th player with over 20 for the Nuggets, but he still managed to win the performer of the game with 15 assists and 5 steals.

Al Horford (24 points, 18 rebounds) and Jeff Teague (20 points, 6 assists) were the main contributors for the Hawks on offense. Kyle Korver added 13 off the bench, while Adreian Payne (9 rebounds) and Kent Bazemore scored 11 points each. Quincy Pondexter also had a minor contribution, with 10 points.


DEN@ATL

DEN: 124
(Harris 23, Lee 22, Richardson 21)
ATL: 117
(Horford 24, Teague 20, Korver 13)

Jordan Performer of the Game: Ty Lawson 19 points (8-13 FG) 15 assists 5 steals

Rebounds

DEN: Nurkic 11
ATL: Horford 18

Assists

DEN: Lawson 15
ATL: Teague 6


Last 5 Games

IND: 119-94 L
@TOR: 129-93 W
@WAS: 110-87 W
@MIA: 110-104 L
@ATL: 124-117 W

Overall: 50-18


Highlights


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Can we just give Gary Harris the Most Improved Player award already? Against the Toronto Raptors, Harris had 33 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. He's shaping up to be the steal of the 2014 Draft.


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David Lee has well and truly proved his value since joining the Nuggets. He had 25 points and 9 rebounds against the Wizards. Lee is sure to be a highly sought after free agent this summer.


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Jermaine O'Neal has surprised many with his resurgence in the second half of the season. Against the Heat, O'Neal had 23 points and 5 rebounds.


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The Matrix gave Nuggets fans another glimpse of his versatility in the loss against Indiana. Marion tallied 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks.


Injuries

Derrick Williams - Sprained Ankle, 1-2 weeks (Hurt)
Wilson Chandler - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Chris Andersen - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)


Next 5 Games

@NOP
GSW
@MIN
@SAC
POR
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 47-16]

Postby Kenny on Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:20 pm

6 Game Summary


Aside from another loss to the Timberwolves - who are curiously in the 8th seed at the moment - it was all fairly easy for the Nuggets.

But the feature has to be the first encounter against the Warriors since the trade.


Nuggets Win Easily Against Warriors


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The Nuggets earned a comprehensive 118-101 win over the Warriors.

Gary Harris ended up winning the shootout against Stephen Curry by scoring 39 points. Jusuf Nurkic (16 points 9 rebounds) was close to a double-double, while Ty Lawson (12 points 14 assists) registered his obligatory double-double. Seth Curry had one of his better games against his older brother, scoring 11 points off the bench.

Along with Stephen Curry's 31 points, a couple of ex-Nuggets players had a great impact for the Warriors. Arron Afflalo scored 18, while Kenneth Faried brought his usual energy and tallied a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Ognjen Kuzmic also put up a double-double performance with 10 points and 10 rebounds.


GSW@DEN

DEN: 118
(Harris 39, Nurkic 16, Lawson 12)
GSW: 101
(St. Curry 31, Afflalo 18, Faried 15)

Rebounds

DEN: Nurkic 9
GSW: Faried 16

Assists

DEN: Lawson 14
GSW: Vasquez 5


Last 6 Games

@NOP: 114-98 W
GSW: 118-101 W
@MIN: 112-105 L
@SAC: 100-85 W
POR: 124-86 W
SAC: 116-85 W

Overall: 55-19


Highlights


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Gary Harris is just going from strength to strength this season. He was practically unstoppable against the Pelicans, with 38 points.


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Jason Richardson is yet another NBA veteran having a late-career revival with the Denver Nuggets. He has been in superb form lately, averaging 17.8 points in his current stint. In the loss against Minnesota, J-Rich managed to keep the Nuggets in the game by scoring 28 points.


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David Lee was dominant in the second game against the Kings. He had 22 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. When Lee is performing like this, in combination with Gary Harris, the Nuggets are almost impossible to beat.


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With blowouts being a regular occurence, the Nuggets benchwarmers have gotten more playing time as a result. Against Portland, Jerami Grant exploded in the 4th quarter. The sophomore forward had 18 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 1 steal. Not bad for a guy who doesn't play every game.


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Jusuf Nurkic's numbers aren't overly flattering this season, due to injuries and role inconsistencies, but he's starting to make an impact at the right time. In the first game against the Kings, he had 11 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks.


Injuries

David Lee - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Derrick Williams - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)
Jermaine O'Neal - Sprained Ankle, Day-to-day (Hurt)


Next 4 Games

LAL
@LAC
SAN
UTA
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 55-19]

Postby Kenny on Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:01 am

March 2016 Summary


Thanks to another dominant month, the Nuggets will officially have the best record in the league, no matter how the last 8 games will pan out. However, they still can't afford to get complacent. The Nuggets first round exit against the Spurs in 2015 still remains fresh in the mind of everyone involved within the franchise.

In other news, Seth Curry was a controversial choice for the Western Conference Rookie of the Month. In fact, it has led many to question the rookie eligibility requirements within the NBA, since he played two games with the Grizzlies and the Cavaliers in the 2013-2014 season.

Denver can't allow the controversy surrounding Seth Curry to distract them from the job at hand. After all, the last month of the regular season could either set the Nuggets up for the championship or another early exit.


Standings

East

Miami 45-29
Chicago 44-30
Philadelphia 44-30
Toronto 43-31
Cleveland 40-34
Indiana 38-36
Milwaukee 35-39
Charlotte 34-39
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Detroit 34-41
Boston 33-42
Washington 32-42
Orlando 32-43
Atlanta 30-44
Brooklyn 30-44
New York 27-47

West

Denver 55-19
Houston 44-30
Oklahoma City 44-30
Memphis 43-31
Golden State 42-32
LA Clippers 40-33
San Antonio 40-33
Minnesota 39-35
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LA Lakers 36-39
Phoenix 34-39
Portland 33-41
New Orleans 32-43
Sacramento 31-44
Utah 30-44
Dallas 27-47


Monthly Awards

Player
East: [TOR] Kyle Lowry
West: [OKC] Kevin Durant

Rookie
East: [CHA] Emmanuel Mudiay
West: [DEN] Seth Curry
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 55-19]

Postby Kevin on Thu Jul 16, 2015 1:13 am

Seth is a rookie? :lol:

Good luck with the remaining games and the playoffs, you're going to need it. :twisted:
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 55-19]

Postby Lamrock on Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:26 am

Excessive parity in the standings has always bugged me about 2K but congrats on the overall top seed. Don't pull a Denver and lose in round one!
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Re: Denver Nuggets 2.0 [S2: 55-19]

Postby Martti. on Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:01 am

J-Rich and O'Neal are having their best seasons in years. :D Nice career revival. Also, Lee has been playing awesomely, that trade has worked out well for you. I had my doubts when you traded Faried, but you've proved me wrong.
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