Friday, November 15, 2019

Early Season MVP: Yes, Nikola Jokic is that good

There’s plenty of basketball left in the 2019-20 season, but at the moment, Nikola Jokic has got to be a front runner for NBA MVP.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots the ball against the Minnesota Timberwolves during overtime at Target Center.

Nikola Jokic has become one of the elite closers in the NBA

I know that sounds crazy, but it is true. Nikola Jokic has unequivocally become one of the elite closers in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) is congratulated for his three point basket by forward Will Barton (5) and guard Jamal Murray (27) in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Pepsi Center.

Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray lead Nuggets to incredible comeback win over 76ers

For the newest episode of the Rocky Mountain Hoops Podcast, T.J. McBride takes a look at the Nuggets 21-point comeback win over the 76ers.

Good, bad & ugly: Nuggets eliminate 21-point deficit to stun 76ers

Denver rallied back after being down by as many as 21 points against the 76ers and won 100-97. With that, I give you the good, bad and ugly.
Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone congratulates center Nikola Jokic (15) after the game against the Phoenix Suns at the Pepsi Center.

Michael Malone’s frustrations with Nikola Jokic are bubbling to the surface

For the newest episode of the Rocky Mountain Hoops Podcast, T.J. McBride looks at Michael Malone's frustrations and how they relate to Nikola Jokic's play.
Denver Nuggets forward Jerami Grant (9) lands on the back of Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (13) in the third quarter at the Pepsi Center.

Nuggets extinguish Heat for most impressive win of the season

For the newest episode of the Rocky Mountain Hoops Podcast, T.J. McBride takes a look at the Denver Nuggets win over the Miami Heat.
Denver Nuggets forward Will Barton (5) celebrates his basket with guard Jamal Murray (27) in the first quarter against the Miami Heat at the Pepsi Center.

Good, bad & ugly: Will Barton III shines as Nuggets smother Heat

When the final buzzer sounded, Denver came away with their most impressive win of the season 109-89 at home over the Heat behind Will Barton III's return.
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) drives around Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz (20) during the second half at Amway Center

Jamal Murray has embraced becoming a leader of the Nuggets

Denver Nuggets starting point guard Jamal Murray is growing into a leader for the very young Nuggets roster at a rapid pace.
Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) goes for the ball against Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) for a loose ball during the second half at Amway Center.

Could Jamal Murray’s consistency, leadership get the Nuggets back on track?

For the newest episode of the Rocky Mountain Hoops Podcast, T.J. McBride takes a look at the Denver Nuggets win in Orlando over the Magic.
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) brings the ball down court past Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the second quarter at Amway Center.

Good, Bad & Ugly: Jamal Murray’s leadership shines in Nuggets win over Magic

Jamal Murray's leadership and Nikola Jokic's lack effort were the stories from the Denver Nuggets 91-87 win over the Orlando Magic.