Although we know what to expect out of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, the third man for the Denver Nuggets is supposed to be Gary Harris. He’s a player with a lot of talent and can be a difference-maker when he is at his best. But this season has been a struggle for the shooting guard and he never got into a rhythm all season long.
Wow!! We had a killer night last night and won some big money. Hope you did too. There are only four games tonight. Despite the limited amount of games, we have no shortage of star-power tonight. Going to have a few heavy hitters tonight. Good luck, enjoy, and let’s get to it!
Welcome back Hoops Family!!! We are already into the New Year and the game intensity has begun to pick up on the floor as the trade deadline is fast approaching teams are looking to bolster their rosters and gear up for a playoff run. This week we will take a look at some games that are sure to draw a lot of attention and a few surprises as well. Continue reading →
It’s almost December and at this point, the NBA season has shown what teams came to play to start the season and those that didn’t. It’s no debate who some of the top teams are in the league right now and who needs to reevaluate their approach before it’s too late. Here’s where the teams that have gotten off to a marvelous start rank. Continue reading →
Nick and Gabe are back and they have started a nonprofit so that Warriors bandwagon fans can call in to complain free of charge. They also talk about the true meaning of MVP and who deserves it so far in the season.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING HOOPS FAMILY!!!! We are already heading into week six of the NBA season and the play on the court couldn’t be better. The season is starting to take shape and we will dive into the best games of the upcoming week to keep on your radar. The last week of November basketball is here and it’s no looking back as we get into December and the games really starting to count. Continue reading →
After blowing out the Houston Rockets on Sunday, the Miami Heat were looking to start the road trip off right with a win. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Up by 10 at halftime, the Denver Nuggets increased their lead with a strong third quarter, outscoring the Heat 31-20 in the period. The Heat now fall to 5-2 for the season.
The regular season is almost here! I personally can’t wait and here at The Scorecrow, we’re going to break down each team based on division. You won’t want to miss these articles. So be on the lookout for your favorite team and what we think about them. This article is going to look at the Northwest Division including the Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Utah Jazz. This division was interesting last year but during the offseason, some recent moves made it even more interesting. Let’s jump right in! Continue reading →
Gabe flies solo this week but invites Justin Doyle (@JustinRobDoyle) to come on the air and talk shop about the NBA. Justin and Gabe talked Celtics, GOATs, and the state of basketball in Florida so this is an episode you don’t want to miss! We also discuss the western conference and how it could prove to be different than we anticipate. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate the show, and tell your best friend about the podcast! Continue reading →
Last year the Denver Nuggets were one of the deepest teams in the league. Managing to have the most games lost due to injury of any team in the league and still finishing with the second-best record in the Western Conference is a true testament to that. When they got eliminated from the playoffs, most fans felt like the team was legitimately one or two guys away from being a championship contender. One hole that hasn’t been filled since Carmelo Anthony, and needs to be filled is the starting small forward spot. Thanks to their depth, the Nuggets have seven different options for who can fill the starting and backup small forward role. So let’s go through the potential options.
Although, the trade felt anti-climatic in a way. The Lakers have long been enamored with Anthony Davis, and they were finally able to land him after a tumultuous trade deadline. As a result, the Pelicans acquired some of the most intriguing young talents the league has to offer in the form of Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram.
Let’s just start by saying: what a year for the Denver Nuggets. The first playoff berth in 6 years, first all-star in 8 years, first playoff series win in a decade, all with one of the youngest teams in the league and the most injured team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). I’ll get into how it all happened and possible offseason moves and storylines to look forward to, so let’s get into it. Continue reading →
It has been 11 months since Michael Porter Jr. heard his name called with the 14th pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2018 NBA Draft. After redshirting his rookie year as he recovers from a pretty severe back injury, Porter spoke to the media during his exit interviews. He had good news for all Nuggets fans answering if he had been fully cleared by his doctors to play in Summer League by saying, “yeah, I’m expected to play in Summer League, and I can’t wait for that.”
The series between Portland and Denver that just wrapped up should easily be remembered as one of the closest, most well-fought series in recent memory. Two moments seem very likely to really stand the test of time and be pointed to as defining stages of the battle between the two Northwest Division pseudo-rivals. Continue reading →
It’s been all season, but the feud, so to speak, between the local media/fan base against pretty much everyone else, all started with a tweet from Fox Sports analyst Nick Wright. “The Nuggets are exactly what so many of us said they were: A pretend contender with a pretend superstar… Good luck next year fellas.” People far and wide from everywhere have been calling the Nuggets frauds and that they’ll “get exposed come playoff time.” While it started with arguments and anger from Nuggets fans and local media, the fan base is now embracing the term: frauds. Continue reading →
Two teams that continue to surprise from the beginning of the season even to now as we get into the Western Conference Semifinals are facing off in the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs. The Nuggets find themselves in a place the franchise hasn’t been in a decade, the second round. It wasn’t a pretty series, but they now have the playoff experience that they lacked after going seven games and getting past the San Antonio Spurs. The Portland Trail Blazers are another team that is seeming to get hot at the right time. Damian Lillard is looking nearly unstoppable – watch his game five buzzer beater over Paul George to win the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder if you need an example. CJ McCollum is healthy and playing well. Those two playing well together is making them one of the most dangerous backcourt duos in the league today. These two teams are divisional rivals and always play competitive and spirited games every time the two teams are on the court. Here’s what to expect in this matchup of the Western Conference Semifinals. Continue reading →
There is more skepticism around the Denver Nuggets than your typical two-seed. Despite challenging the Golden State Warriors for the top spot in the West for much of the year and finishing with a 54-28 record, the Nuggets’ inexperience led to many questioning their playoff acumen, especially when they matched-up against the wily, veteran-laden San Antonio Spurs in the first round. And although the Texas outfit forced a game seven last night with a 120-103 victory at home, the performance of Nikola Jokic should give Denver heart that they have a superstar who can shine in the postseason for years to come.
What a season it has been for both teams. The Nuggets came into the season off a heartbreaking Game 82 loss that kept them out of the playoffs last season. This year, they pushed all the way up to the second-best record in the Western Conference despite being one of the youngest teams in the league and leading the league in games lost due to injury, missing at least one starter for over 60 games this season. The San Antonio Spurs are right in the thick of it as usual, and they did it without having any of the trio of Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker or the “heir apparent” Kawhi Leonard. Despite not having the usual cast, the team has stuck to the same style of play that has kept them among the most consistently good teams in the league over the last 20 years. Here’s what to expect from each team going into the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Continue reading →
It was looking a bit dicey at the end of the third quarter in Boston, playing the Celtics, but a quick 5-0 run all by Torrey Craig in 1.1 seconds was precisely the spurt of energy that propelled the Denver Nuggets the rest of the way to clinching a nine-point win, a sweep of the season series, and most importantly: a playoff berth. The first one in six years.
Michael Malone, during his post-game press conference after Tuesday night’s win against Minnesota, came right out and said, “I made the decision to shorten the rotation, only play 8 guys in the first quarter, and I’m going to continue to do that for the time being.” That rotation included the regular starters in Murray, Harris, Barton, Millsap, Jokic, and the 3 most crucial bench pieces with Morris, Beasley, and Plumlee.
It’s only been 7 games since Isaiah Thomas’ return and the honeymoon phase with fans and local media is already wearing off. I get it, he hasn’t played in 11 months and he’s going to have to find that groove again and work his way back and that’s all well and good, but not here and certainly not at this point in the season.
It all began when Will Barton landed awkwardly on a fastbreak layup and hurt his hip and core against the Phoenix Suns on October 20. Since then, a lingering hamstring injury to Gary Harris. A broken toe as well as ankle soreness for Paul Millsap. An ankle sprain for Jamal Murray and a controversial suspension of Nikola Jokic. Every starter has missed at least one game this season. Somehow, the incredible amount of depth the Denver Nuggets have has kept them in the top of the daunting Western Conference, but as the team begins the final stretch of the regular season, it’s time to get the opening night Starting Five back on the floor.
The All-Star break is finally upon us and the first half (or so) of the season is gone, and there have been several surprise developments that have come this season. To talk about what we saw so far this season, a few of our wordsmiths have come together to talk about it. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
The year is 2011. The NBA world is still shaking after LeBron James decided to “Take his talents to South Beach” and team up with Dwyane Wade and eventually Chris Bosh to form a big 3 that would ultimately go on to win 2 NBA Finals in 4 years. It was also yet another year of Carmelo Anthony making it to the All-Star Game. He was a starter for the Western Conference as a representative of the Denver Nuggets. Little did Nuggets fans know that he would be traded to the New York Knicks just 3 days later. And little did Nuggets fans know that he would be the last player to represent the team in an All-Star Game for 8 years.
The NBA trade deadline is just around the corner and the rumor machine is on fire. While most teams won’t make a deal, each will consider many options between now and the February 7th deadline. In a six part series, I will provide one trade each NBA team should consider making between now and the trade deadline. The Northwest division is up next and here is a trade each team should make. Be sure to check out the previous parts on the the Southeast division, Central division and Atlantic division.
A huge ovation ensued from the remaining crowd at the Pepsi Center with 3:53 to go when word came over the PA saying: “Checking into the game, please welcome number eight, Jarred Vanderbilt.” This was his first action in 5-on-5 basketball since last February. 329 days ago. “I know he did not play until the end of the game and it was well in hand, but Jarred was really nervous about playing,” head coach Mike Malone explained. “He hadn’t played since last February. For him to get over that fear and to go out there and have three or four impactful minutes — I mean, that pass he made was an incredible pass — he showed you that in three minutes and 53 seconds he gets you three rebounds — he is a rebounding machine. I am happy he got those first-game jitters out of the way.” Vanderbilt finished his almost four minutes of play with one incredible assist in transition to Malik Beasley, he showed off his highly touted rebounding ability wrangling in three rebounds and the most important of all the stats, he scored his first career point, going 1-2 at the free-throw line. Vanderbilt summed it up saying “It was just amazing to get back out there and start playing again.”
“Everyone on your feet. No one sits until we score. Let’s make some noooiisssee!” That’s the opening you hear from PA announcer Kyle Speller just before the opening jump ball every night in the Pepsi Center or also know as “The Can,” and it was no different from Section 102 on Friday night.
A week defined by blowouts. There were 4 games on the slate for this week, all at home and the Denver Nuggets went 3-1. Key performances came from Jamal Murray, Malik Beasley, and Paul Millsap brought huge lifts to the team. The MVP of the week, however, has to go to none other than Nikola Jokic. He averaged 23.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 9.8 assists per game. Here is your recap of each game from this week.
Welcome Back, Hoop heads! We are already into January and the NBA season is getting into full swing, with playoff prospects for most teams already beginning to take shape for better or worse. Some teams are still fighting the injury bug and others are just losing the fight. We take a deeper look into some of the must-see games this week. Stay tuned!
Since the offseason, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose has been saying that this Denver Nuggets team can be a strong contender – a dark horse, able to hold its own even with the front runner Rockets and Warriors.
This week the spotlight is shining on Clippers fourth-year forward Montrezl Harrell. It has been a breakout season for Montrezl after signing a two-year deal worth $12 million this past offseason. The 25-year-old Harrell is averaging 15 ppg and 6 rpg in his second season with the Clippers after being apart of the CP3 (Chris Paul) trade last off-season.
Welcome Back, hoop heads! we are already into the second week of December and the NBA season, for most teams, is already beginning to take shape for better or worse. Some teams are still fighting the injury bug and others are just losing the fight. We take a deeper look into some of the must-see game this week.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets will meet for the second time this year, with the Lakers getting the W in their earlier match-up this season. Denver was victorious when the sides played each other in preseason, however. While they allowed Los Angeles to dominate the first half, the Nuggets were able to fight back from an 18 point deficit at the start of the second half. Poorly timed turnovers and fouls late in the game gave them just enough to escape with a 113-111 win.
Hope everyone had a great Holiday and had a chance to catch some of the exciting NBA action that was on over the last week. We had buzzer beaters, comeback wins and everything else in-between. This week should be equally exciting as we get into the key part of the NBA regular season as teams start to take shape and look to position themselves for playoff seeding.
You know those moments that have happened throughout NBA history?
“Havlicek stole the ball!” Or the time when Magic Johnson, as a rookie, started at center in place of an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – at that point, arguably the GOAT – in the NBA Finals and absolutely dominated, capped off by using Kareem’s signature skyhook. Michael Jordan on Fathers’ Day. MJ again, in 1998, hitting that shot, the shot that was supposed to be the last one of his career. LeBron James leading his hometown team back from down 3-1. Reggie Miller: eight points in nine seconds. There’s a level of perfection to all of those moments that makes them as memorable and legendary as they are.
LeBron James will make his return to Cleveland tonight. This will be his first visit to Quicken Loans Arena since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency this past summer. LeBron was booed mercilessly in his first return game against the Cleveland Cavaliers as a member of the Miami Heat in 2010. His return this time is sure to be different for one big reason, LeBron kept his promise.
Basketball fans! We are back with another preview of some of the must-see games of the week all in one place for you. We have had a huge trade happen over the weekend as you know as Jimmy Butler heads back to the Eastern Conference to the 76ers. Keep an eye out this week to see how the Timberwolves look now with all this behind them.
Basketball fans: can you believe we are already into November? Worry not, the NBA season is only going to get better from here. Here is a list of some of the must-see games of this week and as always, enjoy the action.
The Denver Nuggets, riding the momentum of a 4-0 start, were looking to continue their strong early-season form. Meanwhile, the Lakers had just picked up win No.1 the previous before. The effects of the big fight in the Rockets game were still being felt by the Lakers as significant players remained suspended. This encounter provided some great entertainment and fun, with the 72 million people who tuned in to watch being treated with a close finish.
In recent NBA drafts, a select number of players dominated the media before and after draft night. Whether it was the risky pick of Ben Simmons, or the birthday conspiracy of Thon Maker in 2016, the Lonzo/Lavar Ball tirade of 2017, or the hype surrounding which big man was better, Deandre Ayton or Marvin Bagley, and even the draft stock of Trae Young in 2018’s draft. In any of these situations, these specific players dominated the NBA media outlets before and after draft night.
For the majority of NBA teams, their schedule is not of major relevance. Sure, it allows players and fans to circle key matchups against notable opponents but, with each franchise playing a mammoth 82 games, whether the schedule adds a few more wins or losses is irrelevant to their ultimate position.