Tensions boiled over on the second night of a back-to-back against the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

In the newest episode of the Pickaxe and Roll Podcast, Ryan Blackburn discusses the Denver Nuggets 107-103 win over the Pistons, including the ejections of Michael Malone and Nikola Jokic in the first half.

Ryan gives credit to the starters and Christian Braun for continuing to fight, especially Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The perimeter trio helped the Nuggets stay in the game and ultimately win through clutch play on both ends of the floor.

He also discusses the ejections and Jokic’s feud with the referees. Why have tensions been so high lately? What are the Nuggets unhappy about? What can be done about it now and the rest of the season?

Finally, Ryan does STOCK WATCH on Denver’s rotation players. Where do young players like Julian Strawther, Jalen Pickett, Peyton Watson, and Zeke Nnaji ultimately land on the list?

The 2023-24 NBA season is officially here! Make sure to stay up with the latest in the world of Denver Nuggets basketball with the Pickaxe and Roll podcast. Catch Blackburn every week on the Mile High Sports podcast network or watch on the MHS YouTube channel for the best local coverage of Colorado sports.

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